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Text

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In certain cases, it would be useful to display text on a dashboard. A dashboard may server to explain a particular chart type implementation on the dashboard, headings that span multiple chart types or to display a date range that the dashboard had rendered for. This type of chart is highly flexible and has many features. As such we will discuss each feature in the following sub-sections.

Text chart types can be configured for either Titles or Paragraphs.

A Text chart consists of the following groups:

General

The General tab is used to define the layout of the text as well as the default period display and which indicators to display by default. The General tab consists of Textbox and Period.

Textbox

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Under the Table section we have the following properties:

  • Back Color
This sets the color of the background area that surrounds the table. The default is the “Windows” theme color.
  • Left
This sets the padding to the left of the textbox. The default is 8.
  • Right
This sets the padding to the right of the textbox. The default is 8.
  • Top
This sets the padding to the top of the textbox. The default is 8.
  • Bottom
This sets the padding to the top of the textbox. The default is 8.
   

Period

Refer to the general “Period” chart properties section for more information.

Segments

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Segments are used to group related information together. The Segments tab is used to configure these. Segments of text can have separate formatting properties, for example; to have one segment bold and another not. Segments can be added, removed and reordered in the Segments tab. Segments have the following properties:

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  • Text
This sets the section’s title text.
  • Font Color
This sets the font color of the section’s title text.
  • Font Size
This sets the size of the section’s title text.
  • Font Bold
This sets whether the text in the title cell is bold.
  • Font Italic
This sets whether the text in the title is italicized.
  • Alignment
This sets the text alignment either left, right or center.
  • Wrap
This specifies if word wrap is to be applied if the text is longer than the width of the text box.
   

Additional context

To allow for dynamic parameters, one can use the period start and period end placeholders in the Text value section. These will be replaced by the start and end time as configured in the period section on the chart.

This will allow one to load dynamic date, time, and text, based on a dynamic time range.

  • [PeriodEnd("HH:mm")]
Will be replaced by the end time of the period with the specified Date/Time Formatting applied.
  • [PeriodStart("HH:mm")]
Will be replaced by the start time of the period with the specified Date/Time Formatting applied.
  • [PeriodEndUTC("HH:mm")]
Will be replaced by the UTC end time of the period with the specified Date/Time Formatting applied.
  • PeriodStartUTC("HH:mm")]
Will be replaced by the UTC start time of the period with the specified Date/Time Formatting applied.
  • [Now("HH:mm")]
Will be replaced by the time that the report had been generated with the specified Date/Time Formatting applied.
   
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