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Chapter 19. Adding Charts and Graphics t... > Enlivening Forms and Reports with Gr...

Enlivening Forms and Reports with Graphics

One of the most important features of a decision-support database front end is the ability to display graphs and charts based on queries. Visualization of information extracted from databases, as well as from larger data marts and warehouses, is critical. Time-series graphs give management instant insight into trends of bookings (orders), sales (shipments), costs, gross margins, and profits. You also can create graphs to show more complex relationships, such as the effect of increasing or decreasing advertising expenditures on sales to differing age groups in various regions. Because of the importance of graphs to organizations of all sizes, this chapter begins by showing you how to get the most out of the graphing and charting features of Access 2000.

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Microsoft uses the terms graph and chart interchangeably. This book defines a graph (short for graphic formula) as a diagram that shows the direct relationship between one variable (such as time) and one or more other variables (orders, sales, and so on). Charts add other visual features, such as areas (pie, bar, and stacked bar, for instance) to present relationships between variables.



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