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Displaying data graphically in iBooks Author is as easy as: step one, choosing Create a Chart; step two, enter or import the data for your chart; and then step three, format your chart to match the look of the rest of your book in iBooks Author. Charts are a fantastic way to display a lot of data in a very compact and digestible format. They give us the ability to show trends that would simply be lost in a sea of numbers arranged in a table. A well-designed chart will tell the story of your data at a glance.
There are few common features that nearly all charts share in order to fully describe the data being presented. These include a chart title, clearly labeled and numbered axes that include the units for the values of the data being presented, and a clearly defined legend that shows what data is being presented. To help you understand the first and perhaps most daunting task for many of us, that of choosing an appropriate chart type for the type of data that we want to display, I've gone ahead and added nearly all of the major 2D chart types to this chart file so that we can have a look at each one and understand why we might choose it over another. The first is this column chart.
Column charts are great for doing regular comparisons between things, such as how Region 1 and Region 2 compare to each other year over year. Line charts are an excellent choice for looking at trends over time and how those trends change relative to each other. Stacked Bar charts provide an efficient way to look at the ratios of parts of a whole and how those ratios and the total change over time. Pie charts are a great tool to look at a snapshot of a single subject and see how significant of a role each of the component parts may play.
Scatter charts are a great way to display raw data and analyze those data for patterns and trends. Double Y charts allow you to simultaneously display two related data sets and see what possible relationships the different data sets may have to each other or not. Now that we have an idea of what components we need to include in our charts and why we might choose to use one type of chart over another, let's begin exploring how we build charts in iBooks Author.
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