A series is a collection of closely related graphical shapes or
series pieces (e.g. points, contour lines, surface cells, pie slices,
etc) that are drawn in an ordered way in a graph of a graph document.
A series has a data source that supplies it with data. A data source can be a
data table, a data
sequence, or a series function. According
to their roles in the series, the data of the series are grouped under different
series components. Each series has at least one
mandatory series component. Most series (e.g. Line, 3D Line,
Horizontal 3D Line, Bar,
Point, etc) have two series components: Position and Value,
which usually correspond to the x-axis values and y-axis values in
the graph, respectively. Some series (e.g. Surface,
TriSurface, Water Fall,
Volume, etc) have an additional Depth series component,
which corresponds to the depth (z-axis) values in the graph. The rest
either have one mandatory series component (e.g. Pie, Donut,
Histogram, etc) or more than three mandatory series components (e.g. Arrow, Candle,
Gantt, etc). Most series have an optional series component
called LabelMember whose data may be used as the mark labels for the series pieces.
In most series, each series
piece is a graph representation of a raw data point in the data source; in
others, each series piece could be a graph representation of a data point that is derived from
the raw data in the data source
(e.g. for a Histogram series with a data-table source, data points in the data
table are used to derive the frequencies of bins that are graphically
represented in the series).
A series has a number properties that determine various aspects of the
series, which include, for example, the appearance, data source, axis
association, and behaviors of the series in the graph. To customize the properties of a series, select the Series menu
command on the Graph menu (which is
also the context menu of the graph document) or left double click on the series
to open the
Multiple compatible series can be drawn in the same graph. The series that receives
the user inputs is called the
active series. To change the active series of a graph, use the Active
Series combo-box on the Graph Toolbar or
the Active Series menu command on the Graph menu.
Upon activation, the new active series grows in animation.
The number of animation steps can be customized in the Behavior: Activation
tab-page of the Program Options
All series of the active graph are shown in the Graph
tab-page of the Navigator. The
visibility and drawing orders of individual series can be changed on this
tab-page: to switch the drawing orders of two series, drag one and drop it onto
the other; to hide an inactive series, uncheck the check box in front of the inactive
Please note that, the active series cannot be hidden unless it is changed to
The current version of DataScene supports the following 39 series.