Getting Started

This section explains you the steps required to populate the Chart with data, add data labels, tooltips and title to the Chart. This section covers only the minimal features that you need to know to get started with the Chart.

Adding script reference

Create an HTML page and add the scripts references in the order mentioned in the following code example.

  • html
  • <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
    <head>
        <!--  jquery script  -->
        <script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/js/assets/external/jquery-1.10.2.min.js"></script>
        <!-- Essential JS UI widget -->
        <script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/18.3.0.35/js/web/ej.web.all.min.js"></script>
    </head>
    <body>
    </body>
    </html>

    NOTE

    If you are using the Essential Studio below 13.4.0.53 version, then you need to refer jQuery.globalize.js script file along with the above references to render the Chart control.

    In the above code, ej.web.all.min.js script reference has been added for demonstration purpose. It is not recommended to use this for deployment purpose, as its file size is larger since it contains all the widgets. Instead, you can use CSG utility to generate a custom script file with the required widgets for deployment purpose.

    Initialize chart

    Add a div container to render the chart.

  • html
  • <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
    <body>
          <div id="container" style="width: 820px; height: 500px;"></div>
    </body>
    </html>

    Initialize the chart by using the ejChart method. The chart is rendered to the size of its container, by default. You can also customize the chart dimension either by setting the width and height of the container element as in the above code example or by using the size option of the Chart. Refer to the Chart Dimensions to know more about setting the size of the chart.

  • html
  • <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
    <body>
          <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript ">
    
                $(function () {
                    $("#container").ejChart();
                });
          </script>
    </body>
    </html>

    Now, the Chart is rendered with some auto-generated random values and with default Column chart type.

    Populate chart with data

    Now, this section explains how to plot JSON data to the Chart. First, let us prepare a sample JSON data with each object containing following fields – month and sales.

  • javascript
  • var chartData = [
          { month: 'Jan', sales: 35 },
          { month: 'Feb', sales: 28 },
          { month: 'Mar', sales: 34 },
          { month: 'Apr', sales: 32 },
          { month: 'May', sales: 40 },
          { month: 'Jun', sales: 32 },
          { month: 'Jul', sales: 35 },
          { month: 'Aug', sales: 55 },
          { month: 'Sep', sales: 38 },
          { month: 'Oct', sales: 30 },
          { month: 'Nov', sales: 25 },
          { month: 'Dec', sales: 32 }];

    Add a series object to the chart by using the series option and set the chart type as line by using the type option.

  • javascript
  • $("#container").ejChart({
                // ...      
                series: [{
    		           // ...
    		           // set series type
    			       type: 'line'
    	         }],
               // ...
        });

    You can also add multiple series objects based on your requirement. Refer to the Chart Types and Chart Series sections to know more about chart types, how to add multiple series and customize series appearance.

    Now, map the month and sales values in the data source to the line series by setting the xName and yName with the field names respectively and then set the actual data by using the dataSource option. Refer to the Data Binding section to know more about binding the local and remote data to the chart.

  • javascript
  • $("#container").ejChart({
                // ...      
                series: [{
    		           // ...
    		           //Set datasource, xName and yName 
                       dataSource: chartData, 
                       xName: "month", 
                       yName: "sales"
    	         }],
               // ...
        });

    Since the data is related to sales, format the vertical axis labels by adding ‘$’ as a prefix and ‘K’ as a suffix to each label. This can be achieved by setting the “${value}K” to the labelFormat option of the axis. Here, {value} acts as a placeholder for each axis label, “$” and “K” are the actual prefix and suffix added to each axis label.

    The following code example illustrates this,

  • javascript
  • $("#container").ejChart({
                // ... 
    	        primaryYAxis:{
                    //Customize the axis label format.
                    labelFormat: '${value}K'
                },
    	    // ...
        });

    Refer to the Axis section to know more about axis types, adding multiple axes and other customization options.

    Add Data Labels

    You can add data labels to improve the readability of the chart. This can be achieved by enabling the visible option in the dataLabel option. Now, the data labels are rendered at the top of all the data points.

    The following code example illustrates this,

  • javascript
  • $("#container").ejChart({
                // ...      
                series: [{
    		           // ....
    		           marker: {
                             dataLabel: {
                                    //Enable data label in the chart 
                                    visible: true
                       } }
    	         }],
               // ...
        });

    There are situations where the default label content is not sufficient to the user. In this case, you can use the template option to format the label content with some additional information.

  • html
  • <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
    <body>
          <div id="dataLabelTemplate" style="display:none; padding:3px;background-color:#B9C5C9; opacity:0.8;">
             <div id="point">#point.x#:$#point.y#K</div>
          </div>
    </body>
    </html>

    The above HTML template is used as a template for each data label. Here, “point.x” and “point.y” are the placeholder text used to display the corresponding data point’s x & y value.

    The following code example shows how to set the id of the above template to template option,

  • javascript
  • $("#container").ejChart({
                // ...      
                series: [{
    		         // ...
    		         marker: {
                         dataLabel: {
                             visible: true,
                             //Set the id of HTML template to the chart series
                             template: "dataLabelTemplate"
                             }
                           }	
                       }],
               // ...
        });

    Refer to the Data Markers section to know more about the options available to customize it.

    Enable Legend

    You can enable or disable the legend by using the visible option in the legend. It is enabled in the chart, by default.

  • javascript
  • $("#container").ejChart({
                // ...      
                //Initializing Series	
                series: [{
                    // ...
                    //Add series name to display on the legend item
                    name: "Sales"
                }],
    
               legend: {
                    //Enable chart legend
                    visible: true
               },
               // ...
        });

    Refer to the Legend section to know more about how to position legend and customize its appearance.

    Enable Tooltip

    The Tooltip is useful when you cannot display information by using the Data Labels due to the space constraints. You can enable tooltip by using the visible option of the tooltip in the specific series.

    The following code example illustrates this,

  • javascript
  • $("#container").ejChart({
                // ...      
                //Initializing Series	
                series: [{
                       // ...
                       //Enable tooltip in chart area
                       tooltip: {visible: true}
                }],
               // ...
        });

    Refer to the Tooltip section to know more about formatting tooltip contents and customizing its appearance.

    Add Chart Title

    You need to add a title to the chart to provide quick information to the user about the data being plotted in the chart. You can add it by using the text option of the title.

  • javascript
  • $("#container").ejChart({
                // ...      
                title: {
    	           //Add chart title
                   text: 'Sales Analysis'			
    	        },
               // ....
        });

    Refer to the Chart Title section to know more about aligning title, customizing its appearance and adding subtitle to the chart.