Setting series properties

You must set series properties based on the type of series such as Dynamic series or Manual series.

About this task

When you create a custom widget, you can set assisted data definition or manual data definition. If you create an assisted data definition, then a dynamic series is created automatically. If you use a saved data definition, then you can select manual or dynamic series.

For a dynamic series that is created by setting an assisted data definition, the data definition columns are already mapped to X-axis, Y-axis, or legends. Hence, you can set only a few series properties. Also, dual Y-axis is not supported for any dynamic series.

For manual series, you must map the data definition column for every series that you want to plot.
Note: After you define a series type and a series, you cannot change the series type unless you delete all the already defined series, and clear all the values that are entered for the default series.

Procedure

  • Complete the following steps to set series properties for a chart where assisted data definition is used:
    1. In the navigation pane of the Chart tab, click Series.
    2. In the Series tab, complete the following steps in each Series pane:
      Note: The number of Series panes that are displayed in the Series tab depend on the number of metric values that you selected when you created the data definition.
      1. From the Plot list, select a plot type for the series.
        Note: The default plot type for any series is Plot 1 (Default). You can select Plot 2, only if you added it while setting plot properties. For more information, see Setting plot properties.
      2. For Line, Area, and Stacked Columns chart, if the X-axis data is time series data, then select the X-axis data is time series checkbox.
      3. Select the Change display format if source data is in Epoch or ISO 8601 time format checkbox, and complete the following steps to change the display format of the source data:
        1. From the Source Data Unit list, select the format of the source data.
        2. From the Display Format lists, select the format in which the date and time must be displayed on the X-axis.
        Note: For dynamic series, you must not select the Is Data Definition Array nested checkbox.

      Repeat these steps to set properties in each Series pane.

    3. To delete a series from the chart, click the Delete Delete icon that is displayed on individual Series panes.
    4. In the Other details tab, complete the following steps:
      • From the X-axis Labels Data Type list, select a data type.
      • In the Sort X-axis Labels by field, enter a column name that must be used to sort the labels.
  • Complete the following steps to set series properties for a chart where a manual data definition is used:
    1. In the navigation pane of the Chart tab, click Series.
    2. Click any one of the following options in the Series Type tab:
      • To set one hardcoded legend at a time that results into a single line per series, click Define a Manual Series.
      • To set multiple lines per series, click Define a Dynamic Series.
      Note: The Other Details tab is displayed, only when you select Define a Dynamic Series.
    3. In the Series tab, complete the following steps:
      1. If you do not want a plot to be displayed as default, then from the Plot list, select Plot 2.
      2. In the X-axis Labels field, enter the required column name from the manual data definition preview. Enter the column name that you want to display on the chart.
      3. In the Y-axis Values field, enter the required column name from the manual data definition preview. Enter the column name that you want to display on the chart.
      4. In the Legends field, complete any one of the following steps:
        • For dynamic series, enter a corresponding column name that is used in the manual data definition.
        • For manual series, enter any attribute value that is used in the manual data definition.
      5. For Bar and Column charts, to create self drill-down charts, in the Parent field, enter the required column name from the manual data definition preview.
      6. For Line, Area, and Stacked Columns chart, if the X-axis data is time series data, then select the X-axis data is time series checkbox.
      7. Select the Change display format if source data is in Epoch or ISO 8601 time format checkbox, and complete the following steps to change the display format of the source data:
        1. From the Source Data Unit list, select the format of the source data.
        2. From the Display Format lists, select the format in which the date and time must be displayed on the X-axis.
        Note: For dynamic series, you must not select the Is Data Definition Array nested checkbox.
      8. Only for a manual series, you must select the Is Data Definition Array nested checkbox, and in the Dataset Identifier name field, enter the name of the data set that is used for nested arrays.
      9. If you want to add an extra series, click Add Another, expand the Series 2 pane, and complete the following steps:
        1. In the Data Definition field, enter the name of the data definition that you used to create the chart.
        2. From the Plot list, select a plot type for the series.
          Note: The default plot type for any series is Default. You can select Plot 2 only if you added a second plot while setting plot properties. For more information, see Setting plot properties.
        3. Repeat the earlier steps to enter information in the remaining fields.
      10. To delete a series from the chart, click the Delete Delete icon that is displayed on individual Series pane.
    4. In the Other Details tab, complete the following steps:
      • From the X-axis Labels Data Type list, select a data type.
      • In the Sort X-axis Labels by field, enter a column name that must be used to sort the labels.
      Note: The Other Details tab is displayed only when you click Define a Dynamic Series in the Series tab.