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D3 2.10 adds support for tab-separated values via d3.tsv. Similar to the previous d3.csv method, this makes it easy to load and parse TSV files.

d3.tsv("data.tsv", function(data) {
x y
5 90
25 30
45 50
65 55
85 25
<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset="utf-8">
body {
font: 10px sans-serif;
.axis path,
.axis line {
fill: none;
stroke: #000;
shape-rendering: crispEdges;
.point {
fill: steelblue;
stroke: #000;
<script src="//"></script>
var margin = {top: 20, right: 20, bottom: 30, left: 40},
width = 960 - margin.left - margin.right,
height = 500 - - margin.bottom;
var x = d3.scale.linear()
.range([0, width]);
var y = d3.scale.linear()
.range([height, 0]);
var svg ="body").append("svg")
.attr("width", width + margin.left + margin.right)
.attr("height", height + + margin.bottom)
.attr("transform", "translate(" + margin.left + "," + + ")");
d3.tsv("data.tsv", function(error, data) {
if (error) throw error;
// Coerce the data to numbers.
data.forEach(function(d) {
d.x = +d.x;
d.y = +d.y;
// Compute the scales’ domains.
x.domain(d3.extent(data, function(d) { return d.x; })).nice();
y.domain(d3.extent(data, function(d) { return d.y; })).nice();
// Add the x-axis.
.attr("class", "x axis")
.attr("transform", "translate(0," + height + ")")
// Add the y-axis.
.attr("class", "y axis")
// Add the points!
.attr("class", "point")
.attr("r", 4.5)
.attr("cx", function(d) { return x(d.x); })
.attr("cy", function(d) { return y(d.y); });
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I copied the html code into index.html and data into data.tsv and did put them in the same folder but when i open the .html file nothing comes --a complete blank window

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I'm having the same issue as topcoderme (above). Are there any requirements as to how the file hierarchy must be organized for the code to work as desired?

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I'm guessing you're both trying to load them from the filesystem directly instead of through a local webserver.

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liufly commented Nov 12, 2013

I believe this may help

I had the exact same issue and solved it by using the answer mentioned above.

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