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Submission + - Microsoft applies for patent on Tufte's sparklines (blogspot.com) 1

jenkin sear writes: Data Visualization Guru Edward Tufte developed Sparklines, a great way to display condensed data as an inline graphic. Excel's new version has incorporated the design element- and Microsoft has applied for a patent on them- without so much as a by-your-leave from Tufte. So much for a kinder, gentler Microsoft.
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Microsoft applies for patent on Tufte's sparklines

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  • They applied for a patent for generating, displaying, and updating inline Sparklines using relative data from the spreadsheet their embedded in. They are NOT trying to patent sparklines themselves.

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