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Multiple charts

Multiple is a chart type featuring multiple charts in one. Thus, settings for each chart are similar to those of the time and structure charts.

The following sections cover the special handling of the Multiple chart type and those settings that only apply for it. For general chart settings, refer to the topics covered in the time and structure charts section.


Multiples charts can be created on initial trueChart objects or in a grid cell you like by selecting Multiple from the cell type selector on an initial cell or in the settings editor.

The multiple element will be disabled unless at least two dimensions and one measure is available for the trueChart object.
multiple initial cell creation

Chart settings

The main window contains extensive options to define how the charts within should be arranged.

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  • Dimensions of context: The dimensions of this context will be used to create the Multiple layout. The first dimension will be used to create the individual cells. All following dimensions will be passed to the charts.

  • Title size: This will affect the dimension label of the cells.

  • Chart size: Affects the font size within the chart.

  • Auto/Fix: Auto will keep a minimum size of what’s defined in the notation manual. Fix will force the defined chart font size.

  • Chart step: A lower value will cause a more refined calculation of a proper display font size, but will have a higher impact on performance.

  • Optimize Order: If checked, cells will be aligned to use most of the available space. If unchecked, it will keep the order of the dimension.

  • Optimize structure size: If checked, cells will expand or shrink to best fit their charts. If unchecked, cells will be distributed equally.

  • Value Linking: If multiple charts are present in a cell, this will link them so they can better use their space.

  • Expand Dimensions: If checked, the multiple will grow to fully fill the cell it is in.

Below those common options, you can define the general structure of the generated cells.

  • Type: Choose which type of chart should be displayed. You can use the Formula input to add a condition to determine which one should be displayed. If both are active, the condition for time chart will be checked first. This is a legacy option and it is suggested that you use the more powerful multiple cell contents feature instead.

  • Structure in #: This defines a matrix of cells that the charts can occupy. Using auto is mostly sufficent. The matrix needs to be big enough to fit all dimension entries.

    • Dimensions = Rows in a time chart, columns in a structure chart

    • Elements = Rows in a structure chart, columns in a time chart

  • Cell size in mm/10pt: Here you can set a fix size for each cell. Note that setting this prevents most optimization options from functioning properly.

  • Cell structure in #: In here you can define how many charts can be shown inside a single cell. This adds new subcases where you can customize those.

  • Size: This will open a dialog in which you can define how much space each chart inside a cell will have.

The options to the bottom let you customize various label properties as well as define a total.

  • Alignment: Aligns the dimension label of the cell

  • Break text: Wraps long labels if they don’t fit in the cell

  • Size mm/10pt: Limits the maximum width of a label.

  • Totals: Determine if a cell for the total value should be created and where it should be displayed.

Multiple cases, borders

With Multiple cases, borders different settings for each generated cell of the multiple may be set.

To add cases, click the '\+' sign on the right side of an existing case. To remove a case, click the '-' sign on the right side of the case which should be removed.

Cases are identified by a given Name. This name is used to identify the cases in the Subcases tab. The cases are applied from top to bottom and the first valid case is applied to a cell. You may sort the cases by drag-and-drop the gray box in the beginning of the line, next to the '+' sign.

For every case, borders may be set for the Top, Right, Bottom and Left. Also, the Title can be set to bold.

In the example below, two cases have been created. The first case is only valid for a certain dimension value using Applies to. This case will draw a blue border around the cells affected and shows the Title in bold. All other cases, as Applies to and Condition is 'true', will have a border as well according to the color set in the Notation Manual and the Title is not written in bold.

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Subcases manage the content for each cell of the Multiple.

Case is the name of the case defined in the Multiple cases, borders tab. Grid cell inditifies the grid cell within the multiple by Row and Column.

For each case, differente subcases may be added. To add cases, click the '+' sign on the right side of an existing case. To remove a case, click the '-' sign on the right side of the case which should be removed.

To switch positions of cases, click on the two circled arrows of the first case and then on the '<' sign of the second case. To activate a case, click on the gray box next to the '-' sign. The currently active case is indicated by a blue box.

Important: All settings in the tab Categories and Measures are applied only to the currently active case.

The Condition is used to control under which circumstances the subcase is shown. Context defines which data contex is used for each individual subcase. This conext overwrites the context from the definition in the Type tab.

Alignment controls the starting point of Categories and Elements within the cell. Possible entries are Start, Mid and End. Axis Linking determines if the case should use axis linking or not.

In the example below, there are two subcases namen Bold and Normal with two Rows and one Column each. The currently active cell is the second Row in the first Column of the case Bold indicated by the blue box next to the '-' sign.

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