FusionCharts for Flex > Quick Chart Configuration > Legend

In multi-series / combination charts, the series name of each dataset shows up in the legend of the chart. This helps you relate a data plot to its series name using its color. The legend does not appear for single-series charts because there is only one series in the chart.

FusionCharts Legend

Notice the legend below the chart which helps identify the series name. Starting v1.3, each series is represented by its own icon.

Starting v1.3, the legend is interactive. That is, when you click on each legend icon, it hides the dataset corresponding to that item. In the example below, profit legend icon was clicked that resulted in the chart as under. Note how the Profit icon has also been converted to gray-scale. To show the area back, you click on this icon again.

The XML going into the chart above is:

<chart palette='2' caption='Sales' subCaption='March 2006' showValues='0' 
  divLineDecimalPrecision='1' limitsDecimalPrecision='1' numberPrefix='$' formatNumberScale='0' >
  <category label='Quarter 1' />
  <category label='Quarter 2' />
  <category label='Quarter 3' />
  <category label='Quarter 4' />

<dataset seriesName='Revenue' >
<set value='5854' />
 <set value='4171' />
<set value='1375' />
<set value='1875' />

<dataset seriesName='Profit' renderAs='Area'>

<set value='3242' />
<set value='3171' />
<set value='700' />
<set value='1287' />
<dataset seriesName='Predicted Profit' renderAs='Line'>
<set value='4342' />
<set value='2371' />
<set value='740' />
<set value='3487' />

To enable legend for a pie/doughnut chart, you use the following data:

<chart showLegend="1" caption="Sales Per Employee for year 1996" 
	 palette="2" animation="1" formatNumberScale="0" numberPrefix="$" 
	 pieSliceDepth="30" startingAngle="125">
   <set label="Leverling" value="100524"/>
   <set label="Fuller" value="87790" isSliced="1" />
   <set label="Davolio" value="81898" isSliced="0" />
   <set label="Peacock" value="76438" isSliced="0" />
   <set label="King" value="57430" isSliced="0" />
   <set label="Callahan" value="55091" isSliced="0"  />
   <set label="Dodsworth" value="43962" isSliced="0" />
   <set label="Suyama" value="22474" isSliced="0" />
   <set label="Buchanan" value="21637" isSliced="0" />

This results in the chart below. Note how the pie that is sliced out (of Fuller) also shows in the legend with a border around it. Again, the legend here is interactive. When you click on a legend item, the respective pie slice moves in/out.

Legend Customization Options

FusionCharts for Flex offers a lot of customization options for legend - both functional and cosmetic. Let's quickly run through each of them.

Setting legend position to right

The legend can be placed in 2 positions: RIGHT and BOTTOM. It gets placed below the canvas by default. To place it to the right of the chart canvas, set legendPosition='RIGHT'.

<chart legendPosition='RIGHT'...>

This results in a chart as under:

Legend at right position

Configuring legend icon size

You can increase the size of legend icons by specifying a value between 0 and 5 for the attribute legendIconScale i.e., a value greater than 0 (not equal to) and less than 5. Shown below is an example of legendIconScale='2'. The chart will automatically shrink to adjust the legend.

Legend Icon Size Configuration

Legend Scroll bar

If you've a lot of items in legend (i.e., a lot of data-series) and not enough space on the chart, the legend automatically shows up the scroll bar. Shown below is an example:

Scrolling in Legend

You can customize the visual properties of this scroll bar using following attributes:

Attribute Name Range Description
legendScrollBgColor Hex Code This attribute lets you configure the background color of the scroll bar
legendScrollBarColor Hex Code This attribute lets you configure the bar color of the scroll bar
legendScrollBtnColor Hex Code This attribute lets you configure the color of buttons of the scroll bar

Setting number of columns in legend (when rendering at bottom of chart)

When rendering the legend at bottom of chart, you can also customize the number of columns across which the legend items will be split. If FusionCharts can accommodate the items within those number of columns, it will render accordingly. This can be done by setting:

<chart legendNumColumns='2' ...> 

This results in a chart as under. Note that by default the chart at this size will render the legend in a single column. Setting 2 columns forces it to wrap first label. However, if you specify number of columns as 3, FusionCharts will ignore it, as there isn't enough space to render 3 columns horizontally.

Note that this attribute does not work when rendering legend at right side of chart.

Specifying number of columns in legend

Reversing the order of items in legend

The order of items in legend can be reversed by setting the XML as under. This is specifically useful in stacked charts to change order of items.

<chart reverseLegend='1' ...> 

This results in:

Reverse order of items in Legend

Hiding the legend

The legend can be hidden as well using showLegend='0'.

<chart showLegend='0'...>

Customizing the legend

The looks of the legend can be customized using the following attributes:

Attribute Name Range Description
legendBgColor Hex Code Background color for the legend
legendBgAlpha 0-100 Background alpha for the legend
legendBorderColor Hex Code Border Color for the legend
legendBorderThickness In Pixels Border thickness for the legend
legendBorderAlpha 0-100 Border alpha for the legend
legendShadow 0/1 Whether to show a shadow for legend
legendScrollBgColor Hex Code If you've too many items on the legend, a scroll bar shows up on the same. This attribute lets you configure the background color of the scroll bar.
legendScrollBarColor Hex Code If you've too many items on the legend, a scroll bar shows up on the same. This attribute lets you configure the bar color of the scroll bar.
legendScrollBtnColor Hex Code If you've too many items on the legend, a scroll bar shows up on the same. This attribute lets you configure the color of buttons of the scroll bar.
Using Styles to customize the font properties

Using STYLES, the font properties of the legend can be customized.

<chart caption='Business Results 2005 v 2006' xAxisName='Month' yAxisName='Revenue' showValues='0' numberPrefix='$'>
        <category label='Jan' />
        <category label='Feb' />
        <category label='Mar' />
        <category label='Apr' />
        <category label='May' />
        <category label='Jun' />
    <dataset seriesName='2006'>
        <set value='27400' />
        <set value='29800' />
        <set value='25800' />
        <set value='26800' />
        <set value='29600' />
        <set value='32600' />
    <dataset seriesName='2005'>
        <set value='10000'/>
        <set value='11500'/>
        <set value='12500'/>
        <set value='15000'/>
        <set value='11000' />
        <set value='9800' />
           <style name='myLegendFont' type='font' size='12' color='078BC5' bold='1' />
           <apply toObject='Legend' styles='myLegendFont' />

The above XML will yield a legend which looks as under:

Animation using Styles

The legend can be animated using STYLES. Here, we will give a fade-in effect to the legend.

<chart ... >
                  <style name='myAnim' type='animation' param='_alpha' start='0' duration='1'/>
                  <apply toObject='Legend' styles='myAnim' />