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An In-Depth Look at USA’s Religious Beliefs Practices (USA Today)

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

This USA Today interactive (view here) is focused on charting religious differences between faiths and geographic regions as reported by this Pew research study of over 35,000 Americans. There is a pure charting tool and a map-based interface. Produced by Juan Thomassai. The Post did something with this data but completely different approach (here). Thanks Nelson!

From the Post article by Jacqueline L. Salmon

Most Americans believe that angels and demons are active in the world, and nearly 80 percent think miracles occur, according to a poll released yesterday that takes an in-depth look at Americans’ religious beliefs.

The study detailed Americans’ deep and broad religiosity, finding that 92 percent believe in God or a universal spirit — including one in five of those who call themselves atheists. More than half of Americans polled pray at least once a day.

But Americans aren’t rigid about their beliefs. Most of those studied — even many of the most religiously conservative — have a remarkably nonexclusive attitude toward other faiths. Seventy percent of those affiliated with a religion believe that many religions can lead to eternal salvation. And only about one-quarter of those surveyed believe there is only one way to interpret their religion’s teachings.

Screenshots:


usa today religion bar charts

usa today religion map

Washington Post graphic by Laura Stanton:


washington post religion pew graphic

Making Flash Behave

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Nelson showed me two tools today that will come in handy on a interactive map and charting project I’m cooking up for The Washington Post.

I like how Flash gives me a stable platform for mixing graphics and programming, but I don’t like how it breaks web practices like being able to go “back” to the previous view or bookmark the current view. These two tools address these issues.

I’ll need to rewrite parts of SWFAddress since I prefer programming to a single frame, not across multiple, linear frames.

swf address logo

SWFAddress is a small, but powerful library that provides deep linking for Flash and Ajax. It’s a developer tool, allowing creation of unique virtual URLs that can point to a website section or an application state. SWFAddress enables a number of important capabilities which are missing in today’s rich web technologies including:

  • Utilizing browser history and reload buttons.
  • Bookmarking in a browser or social website
  • Sending links via email or instant messenger
  • Finding specific content with the major search engines

SWFObjectis a small Javascript file used for embedding Adobe Flash content. The script can detect the Flash plug-in in all major web browsers (on Mac and PC) and is designed to make embedding Flash movies as easy as possible. It is also very search engine friendly, degrades gracefully, can be used in valid HTML and XHTML 1.0 documents*, and is forward compatible, so it should work for years to come.

This tool makes it easier to setup the FlashVars on the HTML side that will be read in as part of the URL for the Flash movie and initialize the view state to a predefined location or data theme.