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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Any other ideas? How much further can we push this boat?

    You could represent the 'freshness' of a tag (how recently it's been assigned to new objects) by blinking the tag name more or less quickly.

    I'm not suggesting you should. Merely that you could :-)

  • Interestingly, I find the "before" more pleasant to look at. I think I _like_ the whitespace, but yay power law. With luck, I'll have more time to play with the tri-axis tagcloud this week.
    • Ah well, the nice thing about the CSS is that you can remove the squishing together with one easy step ;-)
  • > the font size, the text colour and the tag order

    How about splitting the colour into colour and intensity? Makes it a bit harder to read, but then again, you can't use all the possible text colours, either, since there has to be some contrast.

  • So, if we take the example of Flickr, we could have:

    a) Newness. Represented by the order of the tags
    b) Quantity of photos tagged with the tag. Represented by Size
    c) Interestingness, represented by intensity of the tag. Tags associated with photos that are on average more interesting are darker (or lighter, depending on your background colour)
    d) Popularity. Tags that are associated with photos that are viewed more than others are "warmer".

    So, for example, my tag argh [flickr.com] would be somewhere near the start of
  • The new layout, while looking better, is a little more confusing about what tag you're point at with your mouse. For example the t and p of the potato and pasta as seen here [2shortplanks.com]. Some sweet sweet mouseover action (which could be implemented in pure CSS) would be nice.
  • You could (alphabetically) order tags by themes in sub-clouds or something. Say you have photos (or whatever) with tags like London, Paris, Amsterdam, you could 'add' them to a category or theme. These are all cities, so you could make a subcloud of cities, and a subcloud of something like 'Friends' and "family'. You'd need to tell it which tags belong with which groups, and have the option of placing one tag in multiple groups and then you'd get really interesting clouds, I think.

    Using colour and intensity
  • You might want to check out Zipf's Law, which desccribes such rankings. :)