Use a Filter to Adjust Chart Reference Lines

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Using a dropdown, filter the results of a data set while also adjusting a chart reference line.


This design pattern is not recommended for offline interfaces because reflecting immediate changes in an interface based on user interaction requires a connection to the server.

This scenario demonstrates:

  • How to conditionally adjust the value of a chart reference line to account for differing limits on a set of data.
  • How to configure multiple chart reference lines on a single chart.


  local!selectedDepartment: "Engineering",
  local!data: {
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2015-Q1", spent: 15804},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2015-Q2", spent: 13432},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2015-Q3", spent: 23400},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2015-Q4", spent: 15900},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2016-Q1", spent: 12004},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2016-Q2", spent: 13901},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2016-Q3", spent: 14142},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2016-Q4", spent: 17980},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2017-Q1", spent: 13822},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2017-Q2", spent: 11053},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2017-Q3", spent: 16607},
    {department: "Engineering", quarter: "2017-Q4", spent: 15449},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2015-Q1", spent: 18883},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2015-Q2", spent: 22904},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2015-Q3", spent: 19192},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2015-Q4", spent: 20043},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2016-Q1", spent: 17790},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2016-Q2", spent: 24405},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2016-Q3", spent: 21031},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2016-Q4", spent: 25787},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2017-Q1", spent: 17401},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2017-Q2", spent: 19903},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2017-Q3", spent: 18400},
    {department: "Professional Services", quarter: "2017-Q4", spent: 20801},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2015-Q1", spent: 29990},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2015-Q2", spent: 32063},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2015-Q3", spent: 24504},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2015-Q4", spent: 24994},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2016-Q1", spent: 26803},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2016-Q2", spent: 37400},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2016-Q3", spent: 27880},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2016-Q4", spent: 22904},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2017-Q1", spent: 32701},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2017-Q2", spent: 27032},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2017-Q3", spent: 28443},
    {department: "Sales", quarter: "2017-Q4", spent: 23940}
    local!selectedData: local!data[wherecontains(local!selectedDepartment, touniformstring(local!data.department))],
      contents: {
          label: "Department",
          choiceLabels: {"Engineering", "Professional Services", "Sales"},
          choiceValues: {"Engineering", "Professional Services", "Sales"},
          value: local!selectedDepartment,
          saveInto: local!selectedDepartment
          label: "Money Spent per Quarter",
          categories: local!data.quarter,
          xAxisTitle: "Quarter",
          yAxisTitle: "Amount Spent (in $)",
          series: a!chartSeries(data: local!selectedData.spent),
          showLegend: false,
          referenceLines: {
              label: "100% Budget",
              value: if(
                local!selectedDepartment = "Engineering",
                  local!selectedDepartment = "Professional Services",
              color: "ORANGE"
              label: "125% Budget",
              value: if(
                local!selectedDepartment = "Engineering",
                  local!selectedDepartment = "Professional Services",
              color: "RED",
              style: "DASHDOT"

Test it out

  1. Use the Department dropdown to select a value other than Engineering. Notice that the data set and reference lines in the line chart change.

Notable Implementation Details

  • This example uses a hard-coded data set. To retrieve via a data store entity, use a!queryEntity(). The dropdown would then populate the value passed into the query filter or logical expression.
  • The chart reference values are hard-coded. Typically, these limits would be stored in a custom rule, constant, or lookup table.