[thelist] is Tufte worth buying?

Joel D Canfield joel at spinhead.com
Fri Sep 10 18:35:18 CDT 2004

I'm working on more and more complex web generated tables from various
data stores. My users are generally satisfied with the visual
presentation of the data, but I'd like to move from 'good enough' to

The reviews of Tufte's books at Amazon.com seem to be 90% worship, 10%
cursing. Are the 90% blinded, or are the 10% just misguided?

If the company would spring for the fifty bucks, is reading Tufte going
to help me hone my skills in visual presentation of data via web tools?


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