Issue 36672 - styles concept for chart components
Summary: styles concept for chart components
Status: CONFIRMED
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: chart (show other issues)
Version: 3.3.0 or older (OOo)
Hardware: All All
: P4 Trivial with 65 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: rfe_eval_ok, usability
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Reported: 2004-11-04 12:15 UTC by richlv
Modified: 2013-09-25 20:42 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Description richlv 2004-11-04 12:15:48 UTC
there should be a styles concept for charts.

right now oo.org offers style management for most objects - text, tables, cells, 
pages etcetc. unfortunately, charts don't have any of this. although it is 
possible to set default colours, it is not enough. sometimes there is a need to 
chnage font size for a title in several dozens of charts - that's not an easy 
task...

so, styles should be available at least for :
1. title;
2. legend;
3. axis;
4. chart area;
5. data labels;
6. data series

and probably other components.

there also should be an easy way to set sever styles for a chart in single step 
- those could be container styles or some other mechanism (for example, ability 
to easily and fast set for a chart title, legend, axis styles)

probably charts would get their own stylist cathegories (title, legend etc)
Comment 1 immanuelcrc 2004-11-04 19:36:10 UTC
*** Issue 36672 has been confirmed by votes. ***
Comment 2 kla 2004-11-05 14:32:28 UTC
Hi Bettina,
one for you.
kla
Comment 3 bettina.haberer 2004-11-29 18:24:08 UTC
Reassigned to Ingrid.
Comment 4 IngridvdM 2005-04-29 13:32:09 UTC
This feature would ease the modification of multiple charts. Besides it is a
typical OOo feature that is implemented in the other applications already. So we
should implement this for the chart also.
Details have still to be defined nevertheless.

->BM: Please take care of this Issue. Thanks.
Comment 5 dennybeyer 2006-03-28 22:33:14 UTC
This is a really good feature, even excel users miss. One thing that is really
required is positioning and size of elements within the chart. Typical
application is a presentation, where you want to compare two charts either side
by side or on the next slide. Now, the effect is, if all elements are the same
except the graph (due to different data) it appears as only the graph moved. So
that the audience can concentrate on what is importent. (The common way to do
that in excel is creating one chart and copying it and change the data sets, and
everytime i want to change anything, the process starts all over again). 
Comment 6 bjoern.milcke 2006-03-29 08:06:58 UTC
->dennybeyer: Sizes and Positions are not the typical properties to store in
styles in OOo. If you want similar layouts, including what chart-type you have,
what objects are visible and on what positions they are should be handled by a
template.

Templates are also a very useful thing for charts, but I think we should have a
separate Issue for this. Templates are, like in the other OOo applications,
documents that are used as a base for creating new documents.

This issue is about styles (the entries you get in the Stylist, F11), i.e.
templates for object properties, e.g., a style determines the font and
background of a title object (but not its position).

BTW., setting this to STARTED (which means actually ACCEPTED)
Comment 7 richlv 2006-03-29 08:49:09 UTC
now, rereading this i myself had some problems understanding the paragraph that 
started with "there also should be an easy way to set...", so i'll try to 
clarify :)

it should be possible to change separate parts of the chart by styles, like 
title/legend.
i had though this could be implemented by creating separate styles for all 
components and a 'container' style that would set all of these for a chart, 
similar to paragrpah/numbering styles integration.

now, maybe it would be better to have single cathegory "chart styles" and 
contain it only the changes to the style it is based on (just like it currently 
works with other styles)
Comment 8 pagalmes.lists 2006-04-20 12:34:07 UTC
Would also be useful to be able to change the default colors of series,
background... of a new diagram like it is possible to do it for the default
template document in writer ! 
Comment 9 bjoern.milcke 2007-08-27 16:07:12 UTC
Changing type to Feature. Seems more appropriate
Comment 10 IngridvdM 2008-07-03 11:39:44 UTC
change owner
Comment 11 IngridvdM 2008-07-22 14:22:03 UTC
reset to new
Comment 12 emilg 2008-08-22 17:48:14 UTC
This feature would save a lot of time when formatting many similar charts. I can
see that most posts here are a bit old. Is there any progress made recently?

Comment 13 wingfire 2009-11-09 10:36:31 UTC
still no activity?
Comment 14 wingfire 2009-11-09 10:36:42 UTC
still no activity?
Comment 15 vkkodali 2009-11-28 15:38:30 UTC
I came across this issue while I was trying to find if there is a way to change
the thickness of lines in a graph with multiple data series... (64822 seems to
be a related issue). As a researcher I often have to plot several data sets and
this sort of unified style settings for charts would be very welcome. 
Comment 16 manthus 2010-01-25 00:57:00 UTC
great idea!

I think it's an little bit like the "User-Defined" option in Excel (in Custom
Types/Chart Type). If I'm right someone maybe should add some more suitable
Keywords for the Voting.
Comment 17 rsking84 2010-04-01 20:11:57 UTC
The ability to specify default colors, font sizes, marker types, etc. as a
single "style" would save IMMENSE amounts of time when trying to format a large
number of charts to work in a consistent format (e.g. for a report).  I've spent
many hours clicking individual subtitles and axes in order to increase the font
size so that my Calc charts are readable when pasted into writer.
Comment 18 rsking84 2010-04-01 20:13:31 UTC
The ability to specify default colors, font sizes, marker types, etc. as a
single "style" would save IMMENSE amounts of time when trying to format a large
number of charts to work in a consistent format (e.g. for a report).  I've spent
many hours clicking individual subtitles and axes in order to increase the font
size so that my Calc charts are readable when pasted into writer.
Comment 19 cetus100 2010-04-30 22:53:38 UTC
I'm normally very happy with Open office. I found this issue a little
disappointing though. The first comment was made in Nov 2004 and the last was
made in April 2010. So this very useful feature has been ignored for more than
five years. I know that I should probably contribute with some programing or
hard coding instead of complaining. I also realize that is not an easy task, but
I think many people will be extremely happy once this feature is accomplished. I
normally have to produce a large number of charts with similar features in font,
font size, axe color and thickness, transparent background, etc. Changing those
things in every singel chart I produce is time consuming, and having the
hability to do it in some sort of "default chart properties" will be really helpful.

 So if my vote helps, here I go.
Comment 20 firenze13574 2010-05-03 09:28:39 UTC
This feature would be very useful for long reports.  Any progress?
Comment 21 tnopno 2010-05-12 19:31:04 UTC
It would be really nice to have this feature. I have 20 charts and I have to
click at every single title, legend and data label to make them look the way I want.
Comment 22 junior76 2010-05-12 21:55:25 UTC
I have the same problem :

"It would be really nice to have this feature. I have 20 charts and I have to
click at every single title, legend and data label to make them look the way I
want."

It's important, when you have a corporate design, to use it for the diagram !!!

Regards
Comment 23 ottadini 2010-05-14 05:50:56 UTC
Any activity or progress on this issue?

I'll add my votes if that helps, though after 6 years I'm not sure anything will
change.