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Chart Pattern Feature Request - IBCS ( International Business Communication Standards )

1. Concept


The International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) are practical proposals for the design of business communication.

In addition to the standard line, column and scatter charts, it uses waterfalls, variance charts and overlapping bars/columns. These are used to create IBCS-compliant reports and interactive dashboards: for example, vertical waterfall charts are effective in displaying structural contributions to a total, or a variance chart would be used to show the change between two scenarios, with red representing a bad change and green a good one. In general, IBCS recommendations call for simple charts in black & white. This is because the IBCS philosophy is that colors should be reserved for more important things. Variances, for example. While red denotes negative variances, green denotes positive variances. 

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The 'Unify' rule of the SUCCESS formula states that semantic notation should be applied all components of a report. Content that means the same should look the same.

 

2. Business Context


Currently, the Financial Controllers from the Procurement team are very used to seeing their visualizations using this IBCS design standards. This also allows for easily print reports, if necessary, having a clearer differentiation between the bars. 


3. Feature Description


We would like to have the possibility to customize the bar charts using, instead of plain colors, with patterns. These patterns would be simple, like stripped, crossed stripped, and empty pattern (so to say, only and outline would be visible).


4. Feature Purpose


The goal of this feature is to provide the users the same type of visualizations they are used to. We also see this as a great enhancement for Vizlib visualizations, meaning that more users around the globe could benefit from this new design feature.


5. Examples


In the following picture, we can see the current Year (YTD) as black fill, PY values as grey fill, Plan and Target values with white fill (and black outline) and Forecast values as stripes. 


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The stripes should be able have different coloring (FC and FC-1):


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And there could also be other patterns (in IBCS, FC lin. is shown using crossed stripes).


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6. References


 IBCS Standards 1.2 • IBCS - International Business Communication Standards


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4 people like this idea
  • Hi Eduardo,

    Very detailed FR, thank you for this.

    So can I condense all of that into one sentence?
    You would like: "The ability to add stripes, hashes, and other graphics to bars or segments (Bar, Waterfall, Combo (, and Pie) Chart on a user-defined basis as well as automatically applied like in the Appearance section where changing the theme is allowed".

    Can you confirm this for me?

    Please note your unique ticket reference (#36241) and URL https://community.vizlib.com/helpdesk/tickets/36241

    Kind regards,
    Luke T
    Vizlib | Product Manager
  • Hi Eduardo,

    Thank you for this update about colourblind support (fun fact - I am colourblind)

    We will see what can be done but please be aware that we are going to start building next year's roadmap and this will get challenged.

    If it makes it as a main priority item we will then have to do technical feasibility studies to see what is possible with this feature.

    I will keep you updated when we begin development/start considering this task.

    Please note your unique ticket reference (#36241) and URL https://community.vizlib.com/helpdesk/tickets/36241

    Kind regards,
    Luke T
    Vizlib | Product Manager
  • Very nice feature request, IBCS would be relevant also for us. 

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