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BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting by Jane Tatchell, Nola Hague, Diana Peh

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Chapter 19. Laying Out and Formatting a Chart

Charts include many different visual elements. You can customize the appearance of most chart elements. To clarify the presentation of data or to create a more pleasing composition, you can rearrange the chart layout. For example, you can change where the chart title appears or add padding between a series of bars and the axis on which they are arranged.

You can also change the color and style of the chart elements. For example, you might need to modify a chart to use your company’s standard color scheme. You can outline or add a background color to the plot, legend, or labels. You can also change the color and shape of the series elements, such as the sectors in a pie chart or the candlesticks in a ...

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