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BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting by Nola Hague, Alethea Hannemann, Diana Peh

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Chapter 18. Using a Chart in a Report

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 guidelines that you should follow when you plan a chart are similar to the guidelines that you use when you plan a report. To create an effective chart, you must decide what data to display, then you select the chart type that best represents that data. For example, to show the growth of a company’s business units over time, you use a chart that tracks data along an axis, such as a line chart or a bar chart.

Setting up a chart is ...

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