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Last Week in the Forums: Multiple Chart Types Within a Single Chart, Alternating Colors in a Chart’s Background

This blog series takes a look back at the past week in the forums, recalling how active they were and highlights some of the questions asked that seem to frequent the forums or other interesting topics. The forums have been very busy over the past few weeks. It seems that many projects are due at the end of the year and people are looking for answers at crunch time! As always, thanks to those members who are helping answer questions in the forum. It is a great help to the community!

The first topic I’ll discuss this week is about using more than 2 types of chart series in a single chart. It is possible to use more than 2 types within a single chart, in most cases. In this case, the user was trying to do this with a bubble chart, which is one of the types that does not allow this.

The next topic I’ll cover this week is the ability to have alternating color background in a chart. This can be done with a background image, but in this case, the poster didn’t want to use an image for whatever reason. The workaround that worked for them was to use marker ranges with alternating colors across their chart.

The last topic for this week is about the minimum plugins needed to run a simple BIRT report. The poster had a very simple report that only consisted of a table and wanted to reduce the size of the deployment. Jason Weathersby responded with a list of plugins that would run the report for sure. He also stated that the list could be reduced even further possibly and that there is a project for the next BIRT release that will simplify this even further.

Again, this is just a small sample of what went through the forums this past week. For more questions and answers that have been posted, check out the forums. As always, if you have a question, feel free to ask it, and if you see a question you know the answer to or have a similar experience to, feel free to post an answer or comment. 

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