Google Spreadsheets getting Charts soon?

Google Spreadsheets getting Charts soon?

Summary: To quench my curiosity, I had to take a closer look at the source code for Google Spreadsheets after it was updated yesterday.  To my surprise (or not), it shows clearly that Google has definitely been working on a "Chart Create" feature that many users have been waiting for.

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googlespreadsheet.gifTo quench my curiosity, I had to take a closer look at the source code for Google Spreadsheets after it was updated yesterday.  To my surprise (or not), it shows clearly that Google has definitely been working on a "Chart Create" feature that many users have been waiting for.

The snippet that mentions chart functionality is not referenced anywhere else in the javascript -- and from what I can tell, it would be a waste of time trying to create a greasemonkey script to hardwire the function in there.  This code gives us a tiny glimpse into the future of the product, but leaves us on the edge of our seat while we wait patiently for the implementation:
...
colInsertAfter:69,
undo:71,
redo:72,
Pc:73,
ye:74,
newIM:75,
mode:81,
chartCreate:91,
sort:151
...

t.prototype.lm = function(){
  this.activeGrid.jb(q.chartCreate, 0, Q)
}
...
Why is this important?  Google Spreadsheets has been under scrutiny since the product launched -- mostly due to the lack of support for advanced features like charts, macros and pivot tables.  Even though charts are definitely in the works, I was unable to find anything that suggests a future for macros and other "missing" features.

Topic: Google

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  • Take a look at Writely's code then.

    You will be surprise it shows your blog's username and [b]password[/b] in plaintext.
    haochi
  • Found this on Dotso.com ...

    I found this article through Dotso.com

    Thanks for the write-up, looks interesting.
    Someguy2
  • Bandwagon of SaaS

    Charts or no Charts ? online delivery of spreadsheet is interesting but how many organization will run after storing or utalizing online spreasdsheet for storing their personal and confidentail data. My bet not many? I think people sharing their thoughts over web with blogs or sharing pictures is mainstream and companies using and sharing data using online sprreadsheets is not ready for primetime whether google admits it or not ;)

    Omer Qureshi
    OMSMTP