Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

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Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by Heuristic » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:37 am

Hi, we are trying to export TeeChart VCL charts via TeeSaveToJS. All our HTML5 TeeCharts load like the following:

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No values appear while the x-axis is cluttered with values rather than the DateTime we want (And has already been formatted using TeeChart VCL this way). For example, using TeeChart VCL the x axis labels above should be formatted from 09 to 18 to represent 2009 to 2018. Furthermore, upon inspecting the dataFormat.js file, there doesn't appear to be a quick way to re-set the x-axis as described in our TeeChart VCL charts.

When you refresh via dragging a box from bottom right to top left, the following chart appears with the values. Now the x labels have completely disappeared and this occurs for all charts. We are looking for a solution such that 1) we can format the x axis labels as dates and 2) have the charts appear on load.

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Furthermore, we are looking for the parameters which will get rid of the shadowy look of the series and heading. For reference, below is a chart produced by TeeChart VCL which exports the above charts that we are trying to reproduce in appearance.

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Thanks in advance.

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Re: Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by Marc » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:24 am

Hello,

This seems to work ok on the version I'm testing here. We'll need to cross-check versions with you. If the following doesn't work for you please could you pass us a sample of the code you are using.

What seems to be happening in your example is that the Microsoft datetime stamp (as double) is exporting directly to x.

(Microsoft datetime is measured as whole days since 30 December 1899, midnight
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/82ab7w69.aspx)

Two approaches you can try by code:

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uses 
....  TeeHTML5Canvas, TeeJavaScript;

procedure TForm1.Button13Click(Sender: TObject);
var html5Exp : THTML5ExportFormat;
    jscriptExp : TJavascriptExportFormat;
begin
  html5Exp := THTML5ExportFormat.Create;
  html5Exp.Panel := Chart2;
  html5Exp.SaveToFile('c:\test\html5Chart.htm');
//or
  jscriptExp := TJavascriptExportFormat.Create;
  jscriptExp.SaveToFile(Chart2,'c:\test\jscriptChart.htm');
end;
With respect to Font shading. That can be removed in the following way (need to modify the Javascript page):

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Chart1.title.format.font.shadow.visible=false;
That can be added before export in the following way:

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jscriptExp.CustomCode.Add('Chart1.title.format.font.shadow.visible=false;');
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Re: Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by Marc » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:44 am

as an extra thought ....

Here's an example here showing datetime used by the TeeChart Javascript version.
https://www.steema.com/files/public/tee ... tetime.htm

If there are factors that make a straightforward chart export to javascript not possible, the series values could be converted in javascript itself from knowing this:

Javascript datetime Date (getTime()) uses number of milliseconds since midnight Jan 1 1970
https://www.w3schools.com/jsref/jsref_obj_date.asp

Microsoft datetime is measured as whole days since 30 December 1899, midnight
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/82ab7w69.aspx

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Re: Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by Heuristic » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:53 am

On the shadow issue, after applying the following JavaScript my graph looks more like the VCL input graph:

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  Series1.format.shadow.visible=false;
  Series2.format.shadow.visible=false;
  Chart1.footer.format.font.shadow.visible=false;
  Chart1.panel.format.shadow.visible=false;
  Chart1.applyTheme("minimal"); 
  Chart1.draw();
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https://imgur.com/a/qvwTN

However for our purposes we may have a different number of series and as such need to be able to iteratively set their shadow visibility to false. I am new to JavaScript and attempted the following code which does not work:

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  for (var i=0; i < Chart1.SeriesList.count(); i++) 
  {
     Chart1.getSeries(i).format.shadow.visible = false;
  }
On the DateTime issue I've attempted your by code fix (we are using C++ builder)

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	TJavascriptExportFormat* jscriptExp = new TJavascriptExportFormat;
	jscriptExp->SaveToFile(Chart, FileName);
And we are getting the same result when using TeeSaveToJavaScript(Chart,FileName, 500, 500, false);

In regards to version, I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for but the file I'm using is 'VCLTee.TeeJavaScript.pas' rev: 31.00 (Windows)

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Re: Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by Yeray » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:04 am

Heuristic wrote: However for our purposes we may have a different number of series and as such need to be able to iteratively set their shadow visibility to false. I am new to JavaScript and attempted the following code which does not work:

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  for (var i=0; i < Chart1.SeriesList.count(); i++) 
  {
     Chart1.getSeries(i).format.shadow.visible = false;
  }
Try with this:

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  Chart1.series.each(function(s) {
    s.format.shadow.visible = false;
  });
Or, alternativelly:

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  for (var i=0; i<Chart1.series.items.length; i++) {
      Chart1.series.items[i].format.shadow.visible = false;
  };
Heuristic wrote:On the DateTime issue I've attempted your by code fix (we are using C++ builder)

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	TJavascriptExportFormat* jscriptExp = new TJavascriptExportFormat;
	jscriptExp->SaveToFile(Chart, FileName);
And we are getting the same result when using TeeSaveToJavaScript(Chart,FileName, 500, 500, false);

In regards to version, I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for but the file I'm using is 'VCLTee.TeeJavaScript.pas' rev: 31.00 (Windows)
DateTime values weren't correctly exported from TeeChart VCL to JavaScript as reported in the ticket #1630. The fix for this ticket was included in TeeChart VCL v2016.19.
If you are using a TeeChart version older than that, you can upgrade to a newer version, or do the necessary modifications in the JavaScript result.
These modifications in the JavaScript result consist on:

- If you have any axis in your TeeChart VCL chart, with Increment<>0 and with IsDateTime set to true, search for the increment property in your JavaScript output, and multiply for 86400000. This is how the exporter does it:

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      if Axis.Increment<>0 then
         if Axis.IsDateTime then
            AddScript(Tag+'.increment='+FloatToStr(86400000*Axis.Increment)+';')
         else
            AddScript(Tag+'.increment='+FloatToStr(Axis.Increment)+';');
- If you have any axis in your TeeChart VCL chart, with IsDateTime set to true, add a line to your JavaScript output with the corresponding DateTimeFormat. This is how the exporter does it:

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      if Axis.IsDateTime then
      begin
        tmpS:=LowerCase(Axis.DateTimeFormat);
        tmpS:=StringReplace(tmpS, 'n', 'M', [rfReplaceAll]);
        AddScript(Tag+'.labels.dateFormat="'+tmpS+'";');
      end;
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Re: Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by Heuristic » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:20 am

Hi, the shadow issue has been resolved thank you.

I have upgraded to version 2017.21 and am still encountering a few issues with the exporting. While some charts have been exported ideally, we have noticed a few unideal instances.

Firstly, all charts do not load data until refresh. For example, the first image is the typical chart loading:

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https://imgur.com/a/i3B4c

Only upon a downright -> top left drag with a refresh does the data appear. I was wondering if there was any fix to this issue or even a programmatic way to auto-refresh the chart upon load.

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https://imgur.com/a/PQEgi

I've also noticed that for some of our charts with 4+ series (but not always) the DateTime issue arises again. For example:

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https://imgur.com/a/KrwQq

We were also wondering if split axes could be exported as well, as currently it stretches and the series overlap when exported.

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https://imgur.com/a/eTpzK

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https://imgur.com/a/2w15I

Thanks in advance and much thanks for the previous advice.

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Re: Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by Yeray » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:14 pm

Hello,
Heuristic wrote:Firstly, all charts do not load data until refresh. For example, the first image is the typical chart loading:
It sounds as if the chart was being drawn before having the values loaded in the series.
We'd need a simple example project we can run as-is to reproduce the problem here. If you can't arrange a simple VCL test-case project, maybe you can export a VCL chart to a .tee file and send it to us (put it into a .zip to attach it to a forum message), so we can import it here and test & debug the exportation to Javascript here.
Heuristic wrote:I've also noticed that for some of our charts with 4+ series (but not always) the DateTime issue arises again.
I'm not sure what could be happening here. We'd need to reproduce the problem here in a similar way than in the point above.
Heuristic wrote:We were also wondering if split axes could be exported as well, as currently it stretches and the series overlap when exported.
I've just added this to the public tracker (#1960) and already implemented it for the next versions.
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Re: Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by NickH » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:47 am

Hi, just got the chance to export a sample illustrating the problem as a .tee file and the resulting .htm file.

We upgraded to VCL 2017.21 and the result now seems to be the DateTime x axis doesn't load but on refresh will load the correct settings (which was the opposite problem when we were on 2016.18 version).

edit: I wanted to import the .tee file myself to make sure it look okay but using the TeeChart editor it doesn't look like was exported as a .tee file properly while the .htm file did. I used the following code to generate the .htm and .tee files:

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TJavascriptExportFormat* jscriptExp = new TJavascriptExportFormat;
jscriptExp->SaveToFile(Chart, FileName);

SaveTeeToFile(Chart, TeeFileName);
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sample.rar
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Re: Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by Marc » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:09 pm

Hello,

Thanks for sending in the example. The problem lies with these lines in the jscripted page:

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  Chart1.axes.bottom.automatic=false;
  Chart1.axes.bottom.maximum=43281;
  Chart1.axes.bottom.minimum=39813;
TeeChart exports the Datetime Series values correctly and applies the Datetime Axis increment correctly too, but is incorrectly still applying the Windows datetime (ie days from Dec 30th 1899) double value to the Axis min and max (rather than applying the milliseconds from Jan 1st 1970 - ie. the Javascript way).

You'll notice that you can mouse-unzoom the Chart and the problem corrects itself (as automatic axis once more reigns).

We've fixed that in the code and will try to get to a published update release as soon as possible. A couple of workarounds for you in the meantime could be:
1. to set Axis Automatic to true before export if that might be acceptable
or
2. Convert the value to the Javascript values just before export (would need to put them straight back for your Windows viewable Chart).

Eg. based on the code we use for the conversion:

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procedure TForm1.ButtonClick(Sender: TObject);

  function JSDateTime(Value:Double):Double;
  const
    Jan1st_1970:TDateTime=25569.0;
  begin
    result:=Round((Value-Jan1st_1970)*86400000);
  end;

Var
  oldMin,oldMax : Double;
  jscriptExp : TJavascriptExportFormat;
begin
  oldMin := Chart2.BottomAxis.Minimum;
  oldMax := Chart2.BottomAxis.Maximum;
  Chart2.BottomAxis.SetMinMax(JSDateTime(Chart2.BottomAxis.Minimum),JSDateTime(Chart2.BottomAxis.Maximum));

  try
    jscriptExp := TJavascriptExportFormat.Create;
    jscriptExp.SaveToFile(Chart2,'c:\test\jscriptChart.htm');
  finally
    jscriptExp.Free;
  end;

  Chart2.BottomAxis.SetMinMax(oldMin,oldMax);
end;
I hope that may be of help.
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Re: Date format in JS and VCL export to JS

Post by NickH » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:54 pm

Adding the following during runtime has fixed this issue.

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Chart1.axes.bottom.automatic=true;
Chart1.axes.left.automatic=true;
My thanks for the ongoing support.

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