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Timeline JS

“TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. TimelineJS can pull in media from a variety of sources. Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Maps, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Document Cloud and more! Tips & tricks:

  • Keep it short, no more than 20 slides for a reader to click through.
  • Pick stories that have a strong chronological narrative
  • It does not work well for stories that need to jump around in the timeline
  • Write each event as a part of a larger narrative
  • Include events that build up to major occurrences — not just the major events.”

Timelines are a great way to show lots of rich media in a structured way based on chronological order so they perfect for documenting events during the World Wars.

Instructional Videos



How do I share the artefact?

  • Open the Google spreadsheet template and make a copy
  • Replace the sample content with the information for your timeline (dates, text, links to media, etc), adding more rows as required.
  • ‘Publish to the web’ in Google Sheets (File/Publish to the Web/Entire Document/Web page)
  • Close the ‘Publish to the web’ pop-up box.
  • Copy the URL (link) of your Google Sheet from the address bar
  • Paste this URL (link) into the ‘Insert Media Link Here’ section of your new Artefact on WorldWars.eu
  • Complete the other sections of the Artefact (Title, Short Description, Tags, Artefact Text, etc)
  • Click ‘Save & Close’
  • Your new Artefact containing your Timeline will be live on WorldWars.eu

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