Open Berkeley's 125th Release

March 23, 2019

On Thursday the API Department's Open Berkeley service launched the 125th release of the campus standard web platform.  Like all regular releases, v 0.22.0 includes new and updated features, minor code updates, and security updates.  This release is special though in its launch of a new feature, key to enabling our users to tell compelling stories with data visualizations that are accessible:

The Highcharts Data widget allows builders to embed accessible, interactive data visualizations created with the Highcharts Cloud service. Dozens of chart types and variations are available, including line, spline, area, column, bar, pie, and scatter charts. You can paste data from Excel, Google Sheets, or CSV files into Highcharts Cloud, or connect directly to a published Google Sheet.

This feature was sponsored by Human Resources (link is external) for the Web Accessibility Staff Organization (link is external). It is available to all Open Berkeley managed sites now; there is no need to request that the feature be enabled.

(From the release notes:

An image showing a data visualization that humorously compares apples and oranges.

Read more about the Highcharts Data widget here, including how to use it in your Open Berkeley site.