How to display a gauge in WebI

Warning, this solution is very low tech!!!

WebI XI 3.1 is not capable of displaying gauges. It should somehow be possible by embedding Xcelsius objects but I have never tried that and don’t like such solution. The solution described below came from David Gilbertson, in this post I will share the process of how to work this out in WebI XI3.1 Rich Client.

Personally I’m not a big fan of gauges. I.m.h.o. displaying a red, orange or green colored text, or other object serves the same function. A status is either good, bad or somewhere in between. Having more then one status in between does not add more value, rather more confusion.

Edit (22-05-2012) here is a more elaborate view on how gauges and meters can be misused. Stephen Few recommends using Bullet Graphs instead.

Step 1. Create images of gauges.

Obviously, if you like more statuses in between you’ll have to create these gauges as well. With a maximum of 8 due to the maximum number of sub-alerters in WebI.


Step 2. Create a report with data:

Step 3. Add a blank cell, remove the border, size it the same size as the gauge images.

Step 4. Add an alerter (while the blank cell is selected) by clicking the icon in the menu bar

Create a new alert with 3 Sub-Alerters:

Click ‘Format…’ to assign the gauge images to each of the sub-alerters. Click ‘Browse…’ and choose the desired image for the background:


Step 5:

Enjoy the result:

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3 thoughts on “How to display a gauge in WebI

  1. Pieter Hendrikx

    Very creative solution. Looks like you were the drawing champ in high school 😉

    Personally I don’t think there is a single situation in which a gauge would be the best datavisualization solution.

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