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BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting 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. You can use a chart as a report in itself or combine a chart with other report elements to enhance or highlight related information. The BIRT Report Designer chart builder facilitates selecting a chart 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.

The guidelines for planning a chart and a report are similar. To create an effective chart, you must decide what data to display, then you select the chart type that best ...

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