I tried using generating charts (not tables/lists) in Knime and showing them in a BIRT report. But the result was not very nice as the generated graphics have too huge borders.
Then I found the charts in BIRT which look much better. So I’m working with the diagram engine in BIRT.
Here my example: I have sales from shops like
shop | sales
and I would like to have a bar chart of all shops with their sales total. Of cuase ordered by sales total).
As there are many shops the resulting bar chart is too huge to fit on one page.
So I deceided to split the chart into two.
Now I have one chart for shops with higher sales and a second for the lower volume shops.
The challenge comes now with the changes in the chart design.
If I change something (e.g the colours) this should also be changed in the second chart. Otherwise the report looks a bit unstructured.
It might also happen that additional data is displayed in the chart (let’s show the costs of each shop in the same diagram). Again I should keep both charts the same (starting from the data definition, …).
That’s the background of my question. Is there a better way to manage these activities on the chart design in BIRT?