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Another plea for charting help

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  • Another plea for charting help

    My deadline was last week but I have until the end of this week. In the past I have been able to solve most of my charting problems. I am sure that I am missing something simple but time is running out.

    I have a number of problems but my major issues is trying to improve the appearance of my charts.

    I am designing Multiple Record charts with Vertical Bars Stacked. My number one problem is formatting the Y-axis. Having a vertical axis with 5 or more digits without commas is hard to read, and use in presentation. (I can format the Y-axis with the desktop version of Chart Control V11). The X-axis seems OK if I just use a year category. If I use XY Vertical Bars Stacked I cannot format either the vertical or horizontal axis.

    One solution would be able to convert a chart to xBasic code. The Learning Xdialog examples are useful but I have not found an example using Multiple Records and Formatting the axes.

    Is there a way to generate charting code as you can with operations?

    In advance thanks

  • #2
    Re: Another plea for charting help

    Desperate time call for desperate measures.
    Provide an example of what you need help with. An example app would be the best.
    Mike W
    "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"


    • #3
      Re: Another plea for charting help

      Thanks for looking at my posting. It seems that either I am the only person who has charting problems, or not many people are using this potentially useful tool. I will now attempt to attach an example. <I'll be back if this attempt fails.>

      I think that the attachment is now there. I assumed that it was not suppose to be inline?

      You will see that the desktop version is closed to what I want - although I did not want any numbers after the decimal point. The Web based example is not as nice.

      Attached Files


      • #4
        Re: Another plea for charting help

        More like this?


        Or is that what you meant about needing commas in the y-axis labels.
        Last edited by Stan Mathews; 09-19-2012, 01:29 PM.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Another plea for charting help

          Yes Stan I am looking for commas on the numbers on the vertical axis. The desktop version of the Chart Control gives you the commas, but it seems to keep the zeros that are right of the decimal. Also if you look at the chart in the Web Projects Control the horizontal axis is a mess.

          I finally figured out some of the programming and have been able to produce the necessary charts. They are not formatted they as well as I would like but they will do.

          Haven't even got into programming my data on maps.

          Any suggestions welcome on the chart formatting issues.



          • #6
            Re: Another plea for charting help

            I found several ways to lose the decimals but none to get the commas in the result. The expressions I tried tested fine in the designer but either didn't work in the resulting chart or the chart was a gray rectangle with no visible data.

            Not familiar or interested in the web side of things or maps.
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              Re: Another plea for charting help

              The web side of the charting appears to be a bit richer in terms of layouts, and the data manipulation than the desktop (except for my formatting problems). There is a utility that allows you to run your WEB chart in a desktop.

              If you haven't seen my web example open the Web Program Control, right click my example and select edit, and then click Working Preview and see what I have. If you click the Design you will see the familar Chart Contol..

              I am learning that there are some limitations to the charting - or I haven't figured out how to some things. One apparent limitation is that you can format the plot-area
              but not the chart-area (or vis-versa). The implication for someone like me who produces a lot charts which get added to other presentations or docuements I am left with a white area that doesn't blend in with the given background.

              Thank for trying

              Are you using the Chart Controler, or are you developing xbasic code to produce charts?



              • #8
                Re: Another plea for charting help

                Not producing any charts. Just tried to lend a hand and explore the possibilities.
                There can be only one.


                • #9
                  Re: Another plea for charting help

                  Well thanks for your help. I have been using Alpha for charting since I first switched. However during most of the time charting in part depended outside help such as Microsoft's owc11, etc. I hope that this current approach will last for some time.


                  PS How did you get rid of the zeros?


                  • #10
                    Re: Another plea for charting help

                    Chart Data, Data Format

                    left(alltrim(str( <value> ,250,0,",")),-3)
                    left(alltrim(str( <value> ,250,0)),-3) 'which should yield a comma thousands separator
                    alltrim(str( <value> ,250,0))

                    Among the expressions that work correctly in the Display Format designer but yield an unusable blank chart

                    case(<value> < 1000,alltrim(str(<value>)),<value> < 9999,mask(alltrim(str(<value>))," , "))
                    There can be only one.