[dojo-contributors] Chart Markup Proposal

Tom Trenka ttrenka at gmail.com
Fri Aug 31 14:08:23 EDT 2007

Just so you know, the engine is being written with n-dimensional axes in
mind (based on the desire for quick integration of yours and Neil's code),
and *any* styling you mention (color, fill, stroke, etc.) are all definable
within a Theme.  Hopefully that will allay those concerns.

We're also well aware that 3D charts will require extra parameters such as
rotation and camera position (if that's the approach), and the chart widgets
are being written with that kind of expandability in mind.

The main thing is to try to figure out what is the absolute easiest route to
go to begin with, and build upon that.  We'd done an experimental markup
structure before--with the result being almost as complex as the original
0.4 engine, so this effort is aimed at creating the simplest and easiest
interfaces possible.

And you're right: if you need more complexity, the suggestion will
definitely be "use the charting engine directly".

Thanks for your input, and if you have any more ideas, say so :)


On 8/31/07, Kun Xi <bookstack at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> These are my two cent when I worked towards integrating dojox.gfx3d into
> chart:
> Chart is more complicated than my expectation, I took two desktop
> applications as the examples: Excel, the programming language in
> business world, and SigmaPlot, a commercial plot utility commonly used
> in science.
> If we would like to take 3D chart into account, the Z-axis is added
> for values, and X-axis, Y-axis for series, otherwise, X-axis holds
> series, Y-axis stands for the value. The chart is composed in the
> following parts:
> Title: title of the chart, x-axis, y-axis, z-axis
>     more attributes: font, rotation, pos
> Axis: x, y, z
>     more attributes: line style and direction.
> Tick: major tick, minor tick of x, y, z
>    more attributes: linear, logarithm
> Wall: aka the background of the 2D chart
>    more attributes: color
> Grid:
>    more attributes: color, line style, consider a oscilloscope
> Series: series holds the real data, for pie chart, one value is one
> series.
>   more attributes:
>        fillStyle, used later for lighting;
>        name: used for legend, if it is missing, the default naming
> scheme is S0, S1...
> Data marker: mark the value of the series
> legend.
> Advanced users may request to put two non-relevant series in one chart
> with two Z-axis, for example, running time and speed up (God bless
> them).
> Personally I prefer KISS, the chart just exposes minimum but complete
> attributes to the users, and the default implementation fits for most
> of normal users. if the users want more control, write the code.
> The minimum set of description of a chart is:
> type:   which chart type are you using?
> title:   chart title, x, y, z titles
> width, height: dimension of the chart, (including the legend, axes)
> bindings: the series with name attribute.
> updateInterval="5"
> onUpdate. -- update functionality
> The chart itself would figure out the range of x, y, z, tick, use
> auto-generated fillStyle, default lighting source to render the chart,
> use the series names and fillStyles to render legend.
> No idea about the zoom/pan, since I am not quite sure about the
> requirement so far.
> Best regards,
> Kun Xi
> --
> Blog: http://www.kunxi.org
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