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Re: Bar chart with empty data


From: Cliff Tyllick
Date: Jan 23, 2015 9:53AM

Michelle, you are on the right track, but not quite to the finish line.

Mike, the empty chart is a waste of space and a usability nightmare. For one thing, I probably would not continue to scroll. I would miss anything below it.

If the chart must remain, populate it with data. I would propose a title of "No Data to Report." The first bar would be "Weeks with Data This Quarter," and the second bar would be "Weeks without Data This Quarter." Of course, in place of "Quarter," you could use any other relevant timeframe.

There is always a creative way to solve a problem. <grin />

Cliff Tyllick

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> On Jan 20, 2015, at 7:14 AM, Clark, Michelle - NRCS, Washington, DC < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Would it be appropriate to do a lable with the indication that there is no data for the period?
> Michelle
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> Michelle Clark
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> Subject: [WebAIM] Bar chart with empty data
> Hello,
> We have a publication that features the same bar chart every week, but with different data.
> If no data exists for the week, the chart is empty and it looks like the one at:
> http://www.mssqltips.com/tipimages2/2373_OldResult.jpg
> From a usability perspective, should we be posting a bar chart with no data in it?
> Our client would like to post the chart mainly to be consistent with previous (and future) weeks.
> Any thoughts are appreciated.
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