SAP Graphics (BC-FES-GRA)

This documentation consists of several sections:

Chart Designer

The SAP Chart Designer is a tool for generating customizing settings (for example, colors, shading) for business graphics. The settings can be saved as an XML file and used with the Chart Engine to determine the customizing of charts. The data for the charts would be supplied separately - the Chart Designer does not supply the data.

It is particularly useful for branding purposes, for example so that a company can generate graphics with a uniform appearance.

To find out more read the documentation on the Chart Designer.

Chart Engine

The Chart Engine is a C++ library used to generate business graphics.

The IGS solution

It is used as an interpreter in the Internet Graphics Service.

The ActiveX control solution

It is also available as an ActiveX control.

To find out more read the documentation on the Chart Engine.

Internet Graphics Service (IGS)

The IGS is a server-based engine for generating content (graphical or non-graphical) based on data from an SAP system or an external system. It is being developed with the following objectives:

·        Platform-independence

·        Extensibility

·        Connectivity

·        Support for a variety of output formats

·        Improved scalability/monitoring

For more information on the IGS, see Internet Graphics Service.

The Graphical Framework

The target audience for this section is developers who intend to use the Graphical Framework to program controls. It contains descriptions of the objects that comprise the Graphical Framework and the functionality behind it.

The main aspects covered include the following:

·        Data Container (for more information, see Data Container)

·        Graphics Proxy (for more information, see Graphics Proxy)

·        Multiplexer (for more information, see Multiplexer)

·        Customizing Objects (for more information, see Customizing Objects)

·        Graphical Events (for more information, see Graphical Events)

·        Product Management (for more information, see Product Management)

Business Graphics

The target audience for this section is end users who intend to work with a specific graphics product for business graphics. The documentation is procedure-oriented so that the graphic can be used without having to understand the programming behind it.

The first graphics product described is Chart. The functions available to the user are grouped under the following headings:

·        General Settings

·        Chart Types (for more information, see Chart Types)

·        Axes and Gridlines (for more information, see Axes and Gridlines)

·        Data Series and Data Points (for more information, see Data Series and Data Points)

·        Titles, Data Labels and Legends (for more information, see Titles, Data Labels and Legends)

·        Data Tables (for more information, see Data Tables)

The second graphics product described is SAP BUSG.

SAP BUSG is available both as an external program (as before Release 4.6A) and also as an ActiveX control. However, if it is used as an ActiveX control some of the menu functions described can no longer be used.

The following information is provided on programming interfaces:

·        Data Containers Supported

·        Graphics Proxy Supported

·        Graphics Products Supported

·        Function Modules

Structure Graphics

The target audience for this section is end users who intend to work with a specific graphics product for structure graphics. The documentation is procedure-oriented so that the graphic can be used without having to understand the programming behind it.

Two types of structure graphic are mentioned:

·        SAP Tree

·        Gantt Chart

The following information is provided on programming interfaces:

·        Data Containers Supported

·        Graphics Proxy Supported

·        Graphics Products Supported

Miscellaneous Graphics

The following graphics types support the drag and drop function:

·        SAP Tree

·        Gantt Chart

For more information, see drag and drop in the documentation on the Control Framework.