Data Layout - Do you avoid using a single chart when you need it to be scaled?

Last updated by Brady Stroud [SSW] about 1 month ago.See history

Figure: Bad example - Just a chart - poor scaling for only 1 record

Figure: Bad example - Just a chart - poorly scaling when many records

The reason for this problem is that the 'size' property of the chart control doesn't support expressions like 'Count(Rows) or queried values like 'Fields!RowCount.Value', so the chart control cannot adjust its size according to the data.

The solution for this problem is to use an embedded chart within the table - this will create a dynamic chart list similar to the list shown below.

ChartProperties size
Figure: Size property of the chart control

Figure: Good example - A table with chart

To do this, you need to create a table in your report and add a chart into each of the rows.

Figure: Embedded chart in a table will generate dynamic chart list

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