Basics

Overview

An event marker is an element of the chart indicating an event that took place at a certain time. As a rule, a text symbol is displayed on each marker, and the description of events is shown in tooltips.

This article explains how to add and configure event markers.

To learn more, see the Tooltips and Events articles.

Quick Start

To add event markers, pass your data to the eventMarkers() method.

The only thing you need to specify is the dates of events. If you want the information about events to be shown in tooltips, add the description data field.

This sample demonstrates how to add one group of event markers with basic settings:

// add event markers
plot.eventMarkers({"groups": [
  {
    "data": [
      {
        "date": "2006-06-08",
        "description": "Cisco announced the acquisition of Audium Corporation."
      },
      {
        "date": "2008-04-27",
        "description": "Cisco announced its intent to acquire PostPath, Inc."
      }
    ]
  }
]});  

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Data

Event markers in AnyChart are organized in groups. There are different ways to add and group them - you can choose one of the three methods:

As shown in the subsections below, for each method you should structure data in a different way and use different data fields.

There are two data fields working with all methods:

  • date
  • description

The date is the only field that is always required. The description field is optional, but it is shown in tooltips by default (if there is no description, the symbol of a group is shown instead).

Note: Sometimes it makes sense to add custom fields to your data. See Individual Markers and Tooltips.

eventMarkers()

The eventMarkers() method accepts a JSON object with the information about the groups of markers.

Here are data fields affecting groups:

  • group
  • data
  • format (optional)

The following fields affect events inside groups:

  • date
  • description (optional)

The groups field contains an array of groups, and data contains an array of events belonging to the same group. To specify the symbol of a group, use format.

Note: Even if you are going to create only one group of markers, you still have to include the group field to your data.

In this sample, there are two groups of markers. For each group a symbol is specified, and each event has a description:

// add two groups of event markers
plot.eventMarkers({"groups": [
  {
    "format": "A",
    "data": [
      {
        "date": "2006-06-08",
        "description": "Cisco announced the acquisition of Audium Corporation."
      },
      {
        "date": "2008-04-27",
        "description": "Cisco announced its intent to acquire PostPath, Inc."
      }
    ]
  },
  {
    "format": "B",
    "data": [
      {
        "date": "2009-02-10",
        "description": "Cisco and Tata Consultancy Services announced strategic alliance."
      },
      {
        "date": "2009-02-12",
        "description": "Cisco unveiled 'Intelligent Urbanisation' vision for Bangalore."
      }
    ]
  }
]});

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group()

You can create a group with a certain index: combine eventMarkers() with group().

This method accepts an index as the first parameter and an array of objects (with the information about events) as the second one.

Only standard data fields are used:

  • date
  • description (optional)

You cannot change the symbols of groups through data, but you can use the format() method.

Note: As a "getter", group() allows you to access a group with a certain index.

The following sample shows how to add two groups of markers. For each group a symbol is specified, and each event has a description:

var eventMarkers = plot.eventMarkers();

// add the first group of event markers
eventMarkers.group(0, [
  {
    "date": "2006-06-08",
    "description": "Cisco announced the acquisition of Audium Corporation."
  },
  {
    "date": "2008-04-27",
    "description": "Cisco announced its intent to acquire PostPath, Inc."
  }
]);

// set the symbol of the first group
eventMarkers.group(0).format("A");

// add the second group of event markers
eventMarkers.group(1, [
  {
    "date": "2009-02-10",
    "description": "Cisco and Tata Consultancy Services announced strategic alliance."
  },
  {
    "date": "2009-02-12",
    "description": "Cisco unveiled 'Intelligent Urbanisation' vision for Bangalore."
  }
]);

// set the symbol of the second group
eventMarkers.group(1).format("B");

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data()

If you need to add only one group of markers, it makes sense to combine eventMarkers() with data().

This method accepts an array of objects with the information about events. Unlike group(), it does not allow specifying the index of a group explicitly. Therefore, only one group can be created this way (its index is 0).

// add event markers
plot.eventMarkers().data([
  {
    "date": "2006-06-08",
    "description": "Cisco announced the acquisition of Audium Corporation."
  },
  {
    "date": "2008-04-27",
    "description": "Cisco announced its intent to acquire PostPath, Inc."
  }
]);

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Type

Four types of event markers are available: circle, flag, pin, and rectangle. To set the type, call the type() method with one of the parameters listed in anychart.enums.EventMarkerType:

  • "circle" (default)
  • "flag"
  • "pin"
  • "rect"
    // set the type of event markers
    plot.eventMarkers().type("rect");
    

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Format (Symbol)

The symbol is a text element displayed on markers and shared by all elements of the group. The default symbol is "A" for all groups.

To set the symbol of a group, you should use either the format data field or the format() method, depending on the way your data are organized. See the Data section to learn more.

You can also assign different symbols to markers belonging to the same group - read Individual Markers.

Finally, the Appearance section explains how to adjust the font of symbols.

Note: To create a marker or group of markers with no text, use an empty string when you set the symbol.

Appearance

The appearance settings of event markers can be configured in three states: normal, hover, and selected. Use the normal(), hovered(), and selected() methods.

Combine them with the following methods:

To configure the font of symbols, use:

Note 1: By default, the font size of symbols is adjusted to the size of markers. You can disable this setting by calling the adjustFontSize() method with false as a parameter and set the font size manually with fontSize().

Note 2: You can also set the stroke of connectors.

In the sample below, there is a chart with one group of event markers, their appearance settings configured:

var eventMarkers = plot.eventMarkers();

// configure the appearance of event markers

eventMarkers.normal().fill("#d1ead9");
eventMarkers.hovered().fill("white");
eventMarkers.selected().fill("white");

eventMarkers.normal().stroke("#009933", 2);
eventMarkers.hovered().stroke("#009933", 2);
eventMarkers.selected().stroke("#004d1a", 2);

eventMarkers.normal().fontColor("#009933");
eventMarkers.hovered().fontColor("#009933");
eventMarkers.selected().fontColor("#004d1a");
eventMarkers.normal().fontWeight(600);

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Connectors

You can configure the connectors of event markers (lines that connect markers with the points they are bound to).

To set the length of connectors, use the connector() and length() methods:

eventMarkers.connector().length("20");

The stroke of connectors can be configured in three states: normal, hover, and selected. Use the normal(), hovered(), and selected() methods, combined with connector() and stroke():

eventMarkers.normal().connector().stroke("#dd2c00");
eventMarkers.hovered().connector().stroke("#dd2c00", 2);
eventMarkers.selected().connector().stroke("#dd2c00", 3);

Note: To hide the stroke, call stroke() with null as a parameter.

This sample shows how to configure both the length and stroke of connectors:

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Height and Width

The height and width of event markers can be set in three states: normal, hover, and selected. Use the normal(), hovered(), and selected() methods.

Combine them with these methods:

// set the height of event markers
eventMarkers.normal().height(30);
eventMarkers.hovered().height(35);
eventMarkers.selected().height(40);

// set the width of event markers
eventMarkers.normal().width(35);
eventMarkers.hovered().width(40);
eventMarkers.selected().width(45);

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Position

By default, event markers are bound to the X-axis, but you can also bind them to a series value. To set the position of event markers, call the position() method with one of the parameters listed in anychart.enums.EventMarkerPosition:

  • "axis" (default)
  • "series"
  • "series-negative"
  • "series-positive"
  • "zero"

When you choose "series-negative", "series-positive", or "zero", a marker is displayed on the series only if the value corresponding to its date is <= 0 / >= 0 / = 0. Otherwise, the marker is shown on the zero of the Y-axis.

Some series types (for example, OHLC) suggest that each data point has more than one value. In this case, all positions except "axis" require specifying the value (data field) you want markers to be bound to. Use the fieldName() method:

// create an ohlc series
plot.ohlc(mapping);

// set the position of event markers
plot.eventMarkers().position("series");
plot.eventMarkers().fieldName("high");

In this sample, you can bind event markers either to the X-axis or to one of the four values of the OHLC series:

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If there are two or more series on the plot, for all positions except axis you need to specify the index of the series on which you are going to show markers - seriesId():

// bind event markers to the first series
plot.eventMarkers().position("series");
plot.eventMarkers().seriesId(0);

In the sample below, there are two series, and you can display markers on either of them:

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Direction

By default, the direction of markers is adjusted automatically so that they overlap the series as little as possible. To set the direction manually, use the direction() method with one of the parameters listed in anychart.enums.EventMarkerDirection:

  • "auto" (default)
  • "down"
  • "up"
    // set the position of event markers
    plot.eventMarkers().direction("down");
    

In the default position ("axis"), all markers are vertically oriented, no matter what direction you set. However, in other positions the direction matters. The following sample shows how changing the direction of markers affects them when the position is set to "series":

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Individual Markers

Most settings are shared by markers belonging to the same group, but there is a way to make them look different from each other. Use extra data fields corresponding with the methods mentioned in the following sections: Type, Appearance, Connectors, Height and Width.

To set the format (symbol) of each marker individually, specify symbols in a custom data field and call the format() method with a function as a parameter. In the function, refer to the custom field with the help of getData().

This sample shows how to adjust individual markers. Please note that here a custom data field (symbol) is used to set symbols:

// add event markers
plot.eventMarkers({"groups": [
  {
    "data": [
      {
        "symbol": "1",
        "date": "2006-06-08",
        "description": "Cisco announced the acquisition of Audium Corporation.",
        "normal":   {"type": "circle",
                     "fill": "#d1ead9", "stroke": "2 #009933",
                     "fontColor": "#009933", "fontWeight": 600,
                     "connector": {"stroke": "2 #009933"}},
        "hovered":  {"fill": "white", "stroke": "2 #009933",
                     "fontColor": "#009933",
                     "connector": {"stroke": "2 #009933"}},
        "selected": {"fill": "white", "stroke": "2 #194d00",
                     "fontColor": "#194d00",
                     "connector": {"stroke": "2 #194d00"}}
      },
      {
        "symbol": "2",
        "date": "2008-04-27",
        "description": "Cisco announced its intent to acquire PostPath, Inc.",
        "normal":   {"type": "rect", "width": 40,
                     "fill": "#ead9d1", "stroke": "2 #990033",
                     "fontColor": "#990033", "fontWeight": 600,
                     "connector": {"stroke": "2 #990033"}},
        "hovered":  {"fill": "white", "stroke": "2 #990033",
                     "fontColor": "#990033",
                     "connector": {"stroke": "2 #990033"}},
        "selected": {"fill": "white", "stroke": "2 #4d1a00",
                     "fontColor": "#4d1a00",
                     "connector": {"stroke": "2 #4d1a00"}}   
      },
    ]
  }
]});

// set the symbol of event markers
plot.eventMarkers().format(function (){
  return this.getData("symbol");
});

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