The particular temptation that I saw was that they _aren't_ a substitute
for a full graph -- they're only a substitute for the information one gets
were trying to put so much information in them that one would need to spend
time studying them to read them, and that misses the point.
Personally, I haven't yet written anything that seemed to provide a good
use for them, so I'm sort of waiting to have a real opinion on them until I
actually find a place to give them a proper try-out in a real-world
In any case, I do agree that MetaPost is probably one of the best ways to
implement them, and ConTeXt's MetaPost integration should make it quite
easy to organize such implementations.
To clarify, my question wasn't a request or anything. I see it in the
same position as you, a toy used in exploration of some concepts that
nonetheless seem to be based on some valid points. One of them being
that the data and the text shouldn't be too disparate, floated far
afield, and another that the content to presentation ratio should be
maximal. These Sparklines cannot replace a full-blown figure but
afford to approach data more in the sense of reading than in the sense
I asked here because everything about it screamed ConTeXt (also
considering that the favourite command here seems to be \input tufte).
Thought this meme must have infected some here.
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