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BIRT: A Field Guide, Third Edition by Jane Tatchell, Nola Hague, Diana Peh

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Chapter 17. Using a Chart

A chart is a graphical representation of data or the relationships among sets of data. Charts display complex data in an easy-to-assimilate format. Use the BIRT Report Designer chart builder to create a chart for a report. The chart builder facilitates selecting a chart type and sub-type, organizing the data into visual elements, and formatting the elements. Visual elements can include bars in a bar chart, points and trend lines in a line chart, and dials in a meter chart to name a few.

To create an effective chart, begin by deciding what data to display and then select the chart type that best presents that data. For example, to show the growth of a company’s business units over time, use a chart that tracks data along ...

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