WebBased Vector 2D Graphics

Diez B. Roggisch deets at nospam.web.de
Fri Oct 5 13:28:37 CEST 2007

 cjt22 at bath.ac.uk wrote:

> Hi there
> I currently have a Python program outputing to the command line,
> durations of 'completed Steps' and 'data items' in relation to time
> i.e.
> --------------jfh
>               ---------kl    //kl started after jfh finished
>                     % Ds  //new data arrived at this point in time
>                     -------pl (1)  //Details error with finsihed Step
>                            *kl      // This step is now outputed but
> due to error with pl is cancelled (no duration)
> I am new to doing any web based development and don't have a clue
> where to start! I just wondered what is the best way to output this
> program to a web page graphically.
> I want to be able to represent these durations "-----" as rectangles
> and as the program runs the page will refresh every 10 seconds, thus
> the boxes will expand with time until they have finished. New data
> will also be represented in boxes with a different colour. I believe
> some kind of script will have to be run which constantly updates the
> html page after x seconds which then causes the web page to refresh
> with the updated data.
> Is there any way this web programming can be done in python. Or
> perhaps I can use soemthing such as ajax?
> As mentioned previously, I have never done any web based development
> so don't really know what I'm talking about when trying to understand
> how I can go from this Python program output to producing some
> graphical output on a web page.

You certainly need to get on speed with webdevelopment. Otherwise you will
fail miserably.

There are several options here:

 - rendering a server-side image, deliver that embedded in a html-page

 - render using html tags like DIV and the like, which allow for positioned
colored rectangles and text, in pixel coordinates

 - canvas tag, to render 2D-drawing-commands

 - embedded SVG

All that can be enriched with AJAX to have that fancy


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