Creating, Editing, and Managing Time Axis Daily Curtains for OnePager Express for Version 7.0
- 1 Overview
- 2 Using The Daily Curtain Feature
- 2.1 The Days of the Week and Working Times Control Group
- 3 Other Examples
- 4 Related Links
Daily Curtains is a feature of OnePager that allows you to add colored Curtains throughout the chart for specific days of the week. The Daily Curtains feature is useful when it is important to visualize a particular day or days in a week that have special meaning.
The most common usage is to display Daily Curtains for weekend days.
Daily Curtains - An Example
Typically, Daily Curtains are used in charts where the timeline is short, say a few weeks or less as shown below:
For example, if you go to the Chart Properties form Time Axis tab’s Format sub-tab you can assign different colors to Sunday and Saturday in the Days of the Week and Non-Working Times control group as is done below:
When these settings are Applied to the chart, it looks like this:
Limitations Of Daily Curtains
Daily Curtains cannot be manually selected or edited in the chart with a left or right-click. However, the properties of all Daily Curtains as a group can be edited by accessing the Chart Properties form Time Axis tab’s Format sub-tab’s Days of the Week and Non-Working Times control group. Daily Curtains also do not appear as entries in The Grid. Daily Curtains can be eliminated from the chart by editing their color selection in the standard OnePager Color Chooser to No Fill. Daily Curtains are snapshot-independent.
The Template form Time Axis tab’s Format sub-tab has identical controls where you can manage Daily Curtains at a global level.
The intent of this article is to provide the information essential for you to create, edit, and manage Daily Curtains in the chart.
Using The Daily Curtain Feature
Daily Curtains are useful in charts that are focused on short timespans or resolutions down to the week, day, or hour levels of timespan granularity. Daily Curtains provide the opportunity to highlight these timespans with color. Control over the Daily Curtain feature is provided in the Format sub-tab of the Chart Properties Time Axis tab that looks like this:
There are two control groups on this sub-tab for controlling the visualization of Days of the Week and Non-Working Times and a control group for creating, editing, and tracking Curtains and Timespans.
The Days of the Week and Working Times Control Group
The Days of the Week and Non-Working Times control group has four sets of control sub-groups for enhancing the focus on Days of the Week, Working Hours, and Non-Working Hours.
Show or Hide Selected Days of the Week
The default setting specified in the checkboxes shown above (No-1) in this control group is the checked or ON value. When these checkboxes are checked ON, those Days of the Week are shown in the chart even if there is no color selection. If a checkbox is unchecked or OFF, the unchecked Day of the Week is hidden.
Not showing a day of the week using these controls also hides the day in the Time Axis Levels. To prevent complete voiding of the chart, at least one of the Days of the Week checkboxes must be checked ON. If all Days of the Week checkboxes are unchecked, OnePager provides the warning message shown here:
Hiding Weekend Days - An Example
Suppose you have a chart as shown below that shows just the days of the month of September 2018:
Further, suppose you want to hide the weekend days. You can do this by making the following edits to the Chart Properties form Time Axis tab’s Format sub-tab as shown below:
In the above illustration, the edits entail unchecking the Sunday and Saturday checkboxes. No other edit action is required. When these two edits are applied to the chart by clicking the Chart Properties form’s Apply or OK button, the chart looks like this:
Adding Colors to Selected Daily Curtains - An Example
The example above can be displayed in a different way by continuing to show all Days of the Week, but coloring the weekend days with Daily Curtains. If you change the controls slightly in the sub-tab by rechecking the checkboxes for Sunday and Saturday and select colors (No-2) for these two weekend days, the sub-tab looks like this:
Selecting a color involves clicking the Standard Color Chooser dropdown next to the day of the week checkbox and selecting the color from the Color Chooser form. Applying these edits alters the chart to look like this:
Adding color for Daily Curtains requires that the Show Days checkboxes be checked ON. If the checkboxes are not checked the colors and the Daily Curtains are not shown.
Editing Transparency for All Daily Curtains - An Example
Transparency for all Daily Curtains (No-3) can be edited by resetting the Daily Curtain Transparency percent setting. To make Daily Curtains more transparent increase the percentage setting in the Daily Curtain Transparency window as shown below:
Applying this edit by clicking the Apply button on the Chart Properties form alters the chart’s Daily Curtains to look like this:
Designate a Color for Daily Curtain Borders - An Example
Borders (No-4) can also be erected around all Daily Curtains by using the Daily Curtain Border: Standard Color Chooser dropdown to select a color. In this example, the color black is chosen for all Daily Curtain Border: associated with the weekends:
Applying the selected color to the Daily Curtain Borders by clicking the Apply button on the Chart Properties form alters the chart as shown below:
Daily Curtains are not listed in the Curtains and Timespans Grid. Daily Curtains cannot be selected with the mouse and cannot be mavericked or edited. Editing Daily Curtains is only possible using the techniques discussed above.
Daily Curtains for Weekdays
Suppose you select to have alternating days of the week showing a blue color for the chart below:
To put in alternating Daily Curtains for the chart above, edit the Curtain Colors: dropdowns so they look like this:
After the controls above are configured, click the Apply or OK button in the Chart Properties form and the chart looks like this:
Caution When Checking/Unchecking Show Days: Checkboxes
Care must be taken when checking and unchecking the checkboxes for the Show Days: sub-group of controls. These checkboxes are checked as the default setting so their respective Days of the Week are shown. If one or more of these checkboxes are unchecked, the day of the week associated with the unchecked checkbox is not shown and there is a gap in the timeline.
For example, if you retain the light blue color but uncheck those checkboxes for which there is the No-fill color selected, the Chart Properties form Time Axis tab’s Format sub-tab looks like this:
When these edits are applied to the chart above, it looks like this:
Using Alternating Colors for Daily Curtains
An easy way differentiate between days is to edit some of the colors for the remaining Daily Curtains in the Chart Properties form Time Axis tab’s Format sub-tab in the Curtain Colors: control sub-group as shown below:
Above, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are the only days shown. The remaining days have their Show Days: checkboxes unchecked or OFF.
When the above edits are applied, the chart looks like this:
Setting Transparency and Border Colors for Alternating Color Daily Curtains
To make changes to Daily Curtain transparency and color use the sub-group controls in the Format Days of the Week and Working Times control group for globally setting the transparency and border colors for Daily Curtains as shown below in this example:
If you take the chart above and edit the Daily Curtain Transparency to 75 percent, the chart looks like this:
In the chart above, the Daily Curtains look lighter. However, if there is a background image, it stands out more while not diminishing the value of the Daily Curtains. To create borders for these Daily Curtains, you need to select a color for the borders using the dropdown standard Color Chooser. If you want a red border you can use the Standard Color Chooser to make the selection shown below:
After Applying the edit to the chart, it looks like this:
Daily Curtains are not listed in The Grid, they cannot be selected with the mouse, and they cannot be mavericked or edited. Daily Curtains can only be edited with the controls discussed above.