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Creating Charts and Graphs

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This is Chapter 3 of the OpenOffice.org 3 Calc Guide, produced by the ODFAuthors group. A PDF of this chapter is available from this wiki page.

Introduction

Charts and graphs can be powerful ways to convey information to the reader. OpenOffice.org Calc offers a variety of different chart and graph formats for your data.

Using Calc, you can customize charts and graphs to a considerable extent. Many of these options enable you to present your information in the best and clearest manner.

For readers who are interested in effective ways to present information graphically, two excellent introductions to the topic are William S. Cleveland’s The elements of graphing data, 2nd edition, Hobart Press (1994) and Edward R. Tufte’s The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition, Graphics Press (2001).


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