ChartDirector 6.0 (C++ Edition)

Variable Width Bar Chart

This example demonstrates a bar chart with variable bar widths.

ChartDirector does not really have a bar layer for variable width bars. However, an area layer can be used to create the same effect.

The variable width bars in this example are actually 4 areas, created by 4 area layers. The data set for each area layer consists of 4 points for the 4 corners of a bar.

Source Code Listing

[The following code is available in "cppdemo/varwidthbar". A MFC version of the code is available in "mfcdemo/mfcdemo" (Windows edition only). A QT version of the code is available in "qtdemo/qtdemo".]
#include "chartdir.h"

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    // The data for the chart
    double data[] = {800, 600, 1000, 1400};
    double widths[] = {250, 500, 960, 460};
    const char *labels[] = {"Wind", "Hydro", "Coal", "Natural Gas"};

    // The colors to use
    int colors[] = {0x00aa00, 0x66aaee, 0xee6622, 0xffbb00};

    // Create a XYChart object of size 500 x 350 pixels
    XYChart *c = new XYChart(500, 350);

    // Add a title to the chart using 15pt Arial Italic font
    c->addTitle("Energy Generation Breakdown", "ariali.ttf", 15);

    // Set the plotarea at (60, 60) and of (chart_width - 90) x (chart_height - 100) in size. Use a
    // vertical gradient color from light blue (f9f9ff) to sky blue (aaccff) as background. Set grid
    // lines to white (ffffff).
    int plotAreaBgColor = c->linearGradientColor(0, 60, 0, c->getHeight() - 40, 0xaaccff, 0xf9fcff);
    c->setPlotArea(60, 60, c->getWidth() - 90, c->getHeight() - 100, plotAreaBgColor, -1, -1,

    // Add a legend box at (50, 30) using horizontal layout and transparent background.
    c->addLegend(55, 30, false)->setBackground(Chart::Transparent);

    // Add titles to x/y axes with 10 points Arial Bold font
    c->xAxis()->setTitle("Mega Watts", "arialbd.ttf", 10);
    c->yAxis()->setTitle("Cost per MWh (dollars)", "arialbd.ttf", 10);

    // Set the x axis rounding to false, so that the x-axis will fit the data exactly
    c->xAxis()->setRounding(false, false);

    // In ChartDirector, there is no bar layer that can have variable bar widths, but you may create
    // a bar using an area layer. (A bar can be considered as the area under a rectangular outline.)
    // So by using a loop to create one bar per area layer, we can achieve a variable width bar
    // chart.

    // starting position of current bar
    double currentX = 0;

    for(int i = 0; i < (int)(sizeof(data) / sizeof(data[0])); ++i) {
        // ending position of current bar
        double nextX = currentX + widths[i];

        // outline of the bar
        double dataX[] = {currentX, currentX, nextX, nextX};
        double dataY[] = {0, data[i], data[i], 0};

        // create the area layer to fill the bar
        AreaLayer *layer = c->addAreaLayer(DoubleArray(dataY, (int)(sizeof(dataY) / sizeof(dataY[0])
            )), colors[i], labels[i]);
        layer->setXData(DoubleArray(dataX, (int)(sizeof(dataX) / sizeof(dataX[0]))));

        // the ending position becomes the starting position of the next bar
        currentX = nextX;

    // Output the chart

    //free up resources
    delete c;
    return 0;