Small improvements in spring 2022

Since our big dark mode announcement at the end of January, we’ve made a lot of smaller improvements and updates to the Datawrapper app and to specific chart types. Here’s what’s new in Datawrapper from the past few months.

Accessibility for tables

Accessibility is important to us โ€” and to your readers. We improved several accessibility features in our tables, including:

  • Each table now has a full screen reader-only description. The description summarizes its total number of rows and columns, how many rows and columns are shown, and what the current search term and sort column are.
  • Screen readers will now describe sparklines (how many data points they include and their start and end values) instead of reading them out point-by-point.
  • Previously unlabelled buttons (like those to clear a search term or flip through a multi-page table) now have accessible text labels.
  • Sort by column is now keyboard-accessible.

New icons for locator maps

In the first few days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many of you asked us to add new, war-related icons to our locator maps. So we did. We hope the eleven new icons for things like tanks, battleships, and radiation won’t stay in the news for long.

Categories in bar charts

Bars in bar charts can now be colored by a date column. We also fixed a bug that prevented coloring bars by auto-generated labels.

General improvements

You can now define an output locale for data downloads, so that their number formatting will match your visualization’s. If you’re a team admin, you’ll find this option in team settings under Download. If you choose to leave it turned off, the Get the data links in footers will generate a CSV file with U.S. number and separator formats (en-US: 1000.99), just like they did before.

If your team is on a Custom or Enterprise plan, you can also define a file name to be used when readers download an image of your visualizations.

You can now view all recently edited or recently published visualizations in your archive on the top left. Charts will appear there no matter what team or folder they were created in, including your private folders.

If your team is on a Custom or Enterprise plan, you’ve already been able to create a custom field to display in your archive. Now, those fields will also appear when you view the details of a visualization.

You can now add a border to your PDF exports, so they’ll look beautiful anywhere. PDF exports are now also supporting OpenType font features like tabular numbers.

If your external data file doesn’t use Unicode, Datawrapper will now detect and convert its character encoding.

Finally, we added support for the Macedonian, Tajik, and Turkmen languages in all visualizations. You’ll now be able to create charts, maps, and tables that use those languages in numbers, dates, and footer text. We also improved our support for Arabic script in chart descriptions and axis labels.

New basemaps

Last but not least, every month brings new basemaps to use as the foundation for your choropleth and symbol maps. In the past two months we’ve added:

  • Barrios for ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ Asunciรณn, Paraguay; districts and wards for ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; city districts for ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Neuss, Germany; neighborhoods and ZIP codes for ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Greater Cleveland, USA; neighborhoods, ZIP codes, and census tracts for ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ San Francisco, USA; and wards for ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Cardiff, Wales.
  • Population cartograms for municipalities in ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Castile and Leรณn, Spain and regional electoral districts for ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Our new cartogram showing municipalities in Castile and Leรณn by population size
  • Electoral districts for ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France and ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta; regions for eastern and northern ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia; subregions for ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany, ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria, and ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland; counties for ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland and Northern Ireland; electoral districts and constituencies for ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia; dioceses for ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark and ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA; employment areas for ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland; and parishes for ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒ Bermuda.
  • Updated versions of communes for ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France; counties for ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA; constituencies for ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary; local authority districts for ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Wales; and boroughs and city districts for ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Stuttgart, Germany.
A look at all of our basemap options at once. Need one that’s not here yet? Just ask!

By now, we offer more than 2875 maps that you can use to plot your data on. Are you missing one? Our map expert Anna will happily add it for you. Get in touch with us at

These were just some of the recent improvements we’ve made to Datawrapper. You can find all the latest news and stay updated by visiting our changelog. Have a question, feedback, or feature request? Get in touch in the comments, on Twitter (@Datawrapper), or at Weโ€™re looking forward to hearing from you.