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BPS15

Chart Builder and Wizard

This project aims to provide an improved wizard for creating charts.

Status

Released

Specification Lead

David Michonneau

Description

BIRT 1.0 includes support for including charts within a report design. However, the chart control is very difficult to use. It is hard for users to determine what properties they need to set in order to display the type of chart they want.

We need to improve the usability of BIRT in this area. It needs to be much easier to create simple charts, while still offering developers detailed control of the chart if they need it. It also needs to be consistent with the look and feel of the rest of the application.

Detailed usability analysis is needed, although we should definitely consider providing both a Wizard/Builder approach for common usage/charts, in addition to a more advanced capability for report developers who want to control the chart in more detail. Charting capabilities in tools like MS Excel should be considered for the common scenarios.

Capability List

  • v2.0
  • v2.1
    • Online help support with dockable help tray
    • Accessibility support
    • Sticky dialogs
    • Multiple Axis support

Specification Document(s)