Pointers and Data
- Connection with the Data
Pointers are elements of the Gauge charts, which are necessary for the data representation.
Connection with the Data
Bind to Data
In case you have more that one value in your dataset, you should use the dataIndex() method to each pointer showing any other value but the first. Note that numeration of the values starts from 0. There's no need in use of this method if you have an only value in your dataSet.
Let's add the second point to the data and enable two pointers: the bar and the marker. Let's bind the bar pointer to the new data point:
// add the second data point var dataSet = anychart.data.set([60,110]); // marker var marker = gauge.marker(); marker.enabled(true); marker.dataIndex(); marker.size(7); // bar var bar = gauge.bar(0); bar.width(3); bar.dataIndex(1);
When you apply for the dataIndex() method, you change the value that will be represented by the pointer you add this method to. However, using this means only if you have more than one value in the dataSet and more than one axis, because the only axis shows the only (or the first) value from your dataSet by default. So, there is no need in this method if your chart has an only axis and your data looks like this:
var dataSet = anychart.data.set();
Bind to Axis
To bind the pointer to the axis use the axisIndex() method. Note that the count starts from 0. There's no need in using this method if your chart contains an only axis.
Let's enable one more axis and bind the bar pointer to this new axis:
To reach the result as in the sample above we need to add the following:
// second axis settings var axis_1 = gauge.axis(1); axis_1.radius(50); axis_1.width(3); // second scale settings var scale_1 = gauge.axis(1).scale(); scale_1.minimum(0); scale_1.maximum(300); var ticks_1 = gauge.axis(1).scale().ticks(); ticks_1.interval(30); var minorTicks_1 = gauge.axis(1).scale().minorTicks(); minorTicks_1.interval(10); // second ticks settings var axisTicks_1 = gauge.axis(1).ticks(); axisTicks_1.type("trapezoid"); axisTicks_1.length("8"); // second minor ticks settings var axisMinorTicks_1 = gauge.axis(1).minorTicks(); axisMinorTicks_1.enabled(true); axisMinorTicks_1.length("3"); // marker var marker = gauge.marker(); marker.enabled(true); marker.dataIndex(0); marker.axisIndex(0); marker.size(7); // bar var bar = gauge.bar(); bar.width(3); bar.dataIndex(0); bar.axisIndex(1);
Let's add the second value to our dataSet and bind the bar pointer with the new value to the new axis:
// add the second data point var dataSet = anychart.data.set([60,120]); // bar var bar = gauge.bar(); bar.width(3); bar.dataIndex(1); bar.axisIndex(1);
You can add not only different pointers but the same. Look at the example below:
All we need to do is to change the value of the marker() itself. This value means the pointer's numbers and counts from 0.
// add the second data point var dataSet = anychart.data.set([60,120,170]); // marker #1 var marker = gauge.marker(0); marker.enabled(true); marker.dataIndex(0); marker.axisIndex(0); marker.size(5); // marker #2 var marker_1 = gauge.marker(1); marker_1.dataIndex(1); marker_1.axisIndex(0); marker_1.size(6); // marker #3 var marker_2 = gauge.marker(2); marker_2.dataIndex(2); marker_2.axisIndex(0); marker_2.size(7);
There are 4 different types of pointers avaliable: bar, marker, needle and knob. They all act as an entity that points to the value, but look different.
Bar is a pointer that looks like a bold line (for Linear Gauges) or curve (for Circular Gauges) colored rather brightly. It is usually situated next to the axis and shown with the marker pointer. Below you can see a simple example Gauge with the bar pointer and the code for the example.
// bar var bar = gauge.bar(); bar.enabled(true);
In the sample above we have only enabled the bar. Let's now change its width and radius.
// bar var bar = gauge.bar(0); bar.enabled(true); bar.width(3); bar.radius(100);
There's a lot of parameters to be adjusted else. For example, a bar pointer can be colored with a single color or with a gradient, we can set the position of the bar according to the defined radius, snap it to the exact data point and axis, set the stroke.
Now let's look at the position of the bar according to its radius. As our bar is more than 1px width it can be positioned outside, in the center or inside the circle of the defined radius. To set the position use the position() method. The value is to be
"center". Let's put a bar inside the circle of the defined radius:
var bar = gauge.bar(); bar.position("inside");
It's possible to use only the first letters of the position as a value, e.g.:
var bar = gauge.bar(); bar.position("i");
Marker is a pointer that is more demonstrative when used with a bar pointer. It can be of a plenty types, which you can read about in Marker tutorial. Let's first enable a marker:
// marker var marker = gauge.marker(); marker.enabled(true);
The marker size is rather small by default, so we need to use the size() method to make the marker visible, so the code will look as below:
// marker var marker = gauge.marker(); marker.enabled(true); marker.size(7);
It's not the best view when the marker covers the value on the axis, so now let's adjust the position of the marker according to the circle of the default or defined radius. As with bars, the marker might be in its center, outside or inside it. Let's set the marker's position to outside and look how will it change the view:
// marker var marker = gauge.marker(); marker.position("outside"); marker.size(7);
Now our marker is outside the axis, but it doesn't point at the value. Let's change its type:
// marker var marker = gauge.marker(); marker.position("outside"); marker.type("triangledown"); marker.size(7);
Let's now look at the needles - the most common pointer used with Gauges.
// needle var needle = gauge.needle(); needle.enabled(true);
Let's make our needle thiner to the end, wider to the center and a bit thiner to the start:
// needle var needle = gauge.needle(8); needle.startWidth(1); needle.middleWidth(3); needle.endWidth(0);
As we can see, the needle starts not from the gauge center. Let's adjust the start, the middle and the end of our needle with methods startRadius(), middleRadius() and endRadius(). The value transmitted to this method can be in pixels or as a percentage.
// needle var needle = gauge.needle(8); needle.startRadius("0%"); needle.endRadius("80%"); needle.middleRadius("50%"); needle.startWidth(1); needle.middleWidth(3); needle.endWidth(0);
Knob is a full-curcle pointer that is nice to use with a needle or marker pointer. It looks like a switcher on microwaves or the audio tuner. You can see the example of the default enabled knob pointer below.
As you can see, this pointer is completely different from others. The first thing we'll adjust will be the number of the knob's projections (vertices). For that we use the verticesCount() method.
// knob var knob = gauge.knob(0); knob.verticesCount(15);
The curvature of vertices can be adjusted too. Use the verticesCurvature() method and set the value from 0 to 1 (0.5 is set by default). The less the value is the more convex the vertices are. The more the value the more concave they are.
// knob var knob = gauge.knob(); knob.verticesCount(15); knob.verticesCurvature(.1);
// knob var knob = gauge.knob(0); knob.verticesCount(15); knob.verticesCurvature(.1); knob.topRatio(0); knob.bottomRatio(1);
// knob var knob = gauge.knob(0) knob.verticesCount(15) knob.verticesCurvature(.5) knob.topRatio(0) knob.bottomRatio(.5);
The last feature avaliable at the moment for only the knob pointers is radius, which is split the same way as ratio. Use the topRadius() and the bottomRadius() methods to set the radius for the outer side (height of the vertices) and the inner side (depth of dimples) accordingly. For clearer representation let's get rid of the ratio settings.
// knob var knob = gauge.knob(0); knob.verticesCount(15); knob.verticesCurvature(.5); knob.topRadius(80); knob.bottomRadius(50);
The "tank" pointer is a Linear Gauge pointer. It looks like an object of cylindrical shape, partly filled with color, imitating a barrel filled with liquid. Tank Pointers can be oriented vertically or horizontally. They have an only axis which is oriented the same as the barrel.
// tank var tank = gauge.tank();
There are several settings can be adjusted for the Tank pointer. It is possible to fill empty parts of the tanks with a color or hatch filling with the following methods: emptyFill() and emptyHatchFill().
// set colors for empty parts of tanks tankF.emptyFill("#fbceb1"); tankC.emptyHatchFill("percent30");
The colors of empty parts (as well as the main colors) can be configured in three states: normal, hover, and selected. Use the normal(), hovered(), and selected() methods and combine them with emptyFill() and emptyHatchFill():
// set colors for empty parts of tanks tankF.normal().emptyFill("#fbceb1"); tankF.hovered().emptyFill(anychart.color.lighten("#fbceb1")); tankF.selected().emptyFill(anychart.color.darken("#fbceb1")); tankC.normal().emptyHatchFill("percent05"); tankC.hovered().emptyHatchFill("percent25"); tankC.selected().emptyHatchFill("percent50");