Ten proposed rules of numerical diagrams



Diagrams have been used for 3 centuries to present numerical information succinctly. Yet no complete, specific rules are available for their preparation, similar to the rules of grammar, syntax, and spelling of language. Some guidance is offered in the dozen books on graphics published in the United States in the past 40 years, and fragments appear in textbooks and manuals. But none of these is complete or consistent, and each offers at least one glaring contravention of the basic tenets of mathematics and logic.