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Overlaying of Multiple Charts and Means for Individually Accessing Charts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060472D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hernandez, IH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Several different types of separately maintained charts (graphs) may be moved or copied onto a single chart, thereby creating the impression of multiple chart types in a single, overlayed chart. The user retains the capability of accessing one of the charts in the multiple chart. A user may wish to display several chart types in one chart, and may wish to include a common axis for the charts. The need also exists for the user to control access to the individual charts within the multiple chart layout, such as for converting the chart from one type to another or to reformat the chart. By providing the user with the capability of moving or copying one or more business charts on top of another, the impression of overlayed chart types in a single chart is created.

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Overlaying of Multiple Charts and Means for Individually Accessing Charts

Several different types of separately maintained charts (graphs) may be moved or copied onto a single chart, thereby creating the impression of multiple chart types in a single, overlayed chart. The user retains the capability of accessing one of the charts in the multiple chart. A user may wish to display several chart types in one chart, and may wish to include a common axis for the charts. The need also exists for the user to control access to the individual charts within the multiple chart layout, such as for converting the chart from one type to another or to reformat the chart. By providing the user with the capability of moving or copying one or more business charts on top of another, the impression of overlayed chart types in a single chart is created. The topmost chart would overwrite corresponding lines in a lower chart (see figure). Each chart type is separately maintained and may be combined with other charts or utilized individually, depending upon the needs of the user. Access to individual charts is reached, without the need for breaking up the multiple chart, by providing each chart with its own anchor. This feature allows individual chart selection and manipulation. The multiple, "overlayed" chart is also provided with its own anchor, thus giving the user the capability to manipulate the multiple chart as a whole.

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