CHAPTER 11Adding Charts and Graphs to Reports

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"A picture is worth a thousand words." This common quotation, the origin of which is uncertain though often misattributed as a Chinese proverb, has come to be a staple of justification for adding visuals to the print medium. Regardless of how many words a picture can replace, there certainly seems to be a number of advantages to visually enhancing your reports.

Executives are stereotyped, and often live up to the stereotype, as individuals who want to know everything but want to get the information quickly and at a glance. It is hard to deny that charts and graphs are powerful allies to the report developer in summarizing ...

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