Xcelsius Step Chart – Combine charts to create a new kind of chart

While BusinessObjects Xcelsius has many chart components that provide very robust variety “out-of-the-box”, more often than you like, users ask for a chart that does not exist as a preconfigured component. One of the ways to answer such needs is combining multiple charts by leveraging component properties such as transparency, the ability to sync (bind) scale and values, and the the size of position of components, relative to each other (in absolute, not relative terms. The lack of relative positioning in Xcelsius is a bit miss). Here is an example of a “Step chart” that was created to illustrate movements from opening to closing balance across several “steps”.

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