SVGGraph 3.7 has a few more useful updates in it, improving some existing functions and adding some more features.
This has been on the to-do list for a long time, mainly because I thought it
would already be quite simple to do using the shape options. Not as simple as
adding the new
show_average option to your SVGGraph settings though.
I have actually implemented these average lines using guidelines, which means a
whole load of styling options are available without much extra work.
The example shows the first two average lines drawn behind the graph and the third on top of it. It's probably not a good idea to mix them on a 3D graph because the distance between the horizontal lines doesn't reflect the actual values, but it does show how the two types of line are drawn.
Average lines are supported by all the grid-based graph types, including radar graphs. Radar graphs didn't support guidelines at all until now and they still don't support all the options that guidelines have, but it should be good enough for the average lines.
show_average option turns the lines on, and the options for
styling the lines all start with
average_ - they mostly coincide
guideline options, except there are
options for the text and a callback option for including the average value in
Background shadow and graph subtitle
Someone asked me for these recently, and since they were fairly simple I
added them in straight away. The
back_shadow option turns the
shadow on and sets its size,
back_shadow_opacity sets its opacity
back_shadow_blur blurs the shadow. Blurred shadows are
implemented using an SVG filter, so make sure whatever you expect to render the
SVG in can cope with that.
graph_subtitle option shows text under the main
graph_title text. The default font size means it is smaller, but
there are options to change the font size, colour, and the spacing between the
main title and subtitle. The subtitle is only displayed when there is a main
title, so you can't show a subtitle by itself.
Both of these new features have been used for the example graph above.
There is a new option,
axis_tightness_y, that can be used to
enable an alternative algorithm for calculating the divisions and ends of the
Y axis. The default value of the option is 1 for the old algorithm, and a value
of 0 enables the new method.
The name of the option comes from the way the new algorithm doesn't try to fit the ends of the axis as tightly to the data. I didn't use it for the example graph above, but if I had then the Y axis would have had 200 at the top instead of the 160 it has now.
I haven't yet decided if I think the new algorithm provides a better looking graph or not. I'm not planning to change the default anyway, since that would change a lot of existing graphs. I chose the name and data types for this option to allow for some more adjustments in the future.
More colour support
The colour filters added in version 3.5 are very handy, and I found myself
wanting to use them in the colour range functions as well. So I've updated the
colourRangeHexHSL functions to
support all the different types of colour specifications, not just hex format.
This is demonstrated in the example graph above, where the function calls look
$graph->colourRangeHexHSL(0, 'red/saturation(180%)/brightness(150%)', 'red/saturation(60%)'); $graph->colourRangeHexHSL(1, 'green/saturation(180%)/brightness(150%)', 'green/saturation(60%)'); $graph->colourRangeHexHSL(2, 'blue/saturation(180%)/brightness(150%)', 'blue/saturation(60%)');
A small part of me wants to rename these functions now that they don't quite do what they say they do, but if I started listening to small parts of myself I'd end up locked away somewhere quiet.
I've updated the way that the
axis_label_position option works
"bottom" as positions as well as the numeric values. Using one of
these strings aligns the text with the end of the axis, whereas a numeric
value positions the centre point of the text.
I've fixed a bug in radar graphs, where the
reverse option was
not reversing the direction of the X-axis. I've also split the best-fit code
out into its own class files to allow me to work on alternative algorithms.
The new version of SVGGraph is available from the downloads page, or from GitHub / Packagist with Composer.