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From "Hugo Burm" <>
Subject RE: [SUMMARY] JFreeChart, anyone ?
Date Wed, 23 Oct 2002 07:51:16 GMT

I have an application working that uses an extractor and a reader instead of
a transformer.
It works exactly like the SVG extractor example.

In the xml source you can have something like:
(the example below defines a chart with two categories and series of four,
the data points are hard coded here. In the real app they are retreived from
a database)

<jfc width="400" height="320" xmlns="">
	<title> This is a test title</title>
	<category-title>Uw score</category-title>
	<serie-title>Niet beantwoord</serie-title>
	<serie-title>Geen risico</serie-title>
	<serie-title>Aanvaardbaar risico</serie-title>
	<serie-title>Te hoog risico</serie-title>

The standard Cocoon extractor (the one that is used for SVG) extracts it
into a separate pipeline.
That pipeline consists of a reader that reads the jfc fragment and creates a
jfree chart (at the moment png).
Just like in the SVG example, an xsl transformation is used to replace the
jfc fragment in the original xml document with a link.
The browser replaces the link with the rendered jfree chart. Sounds complex.
But if you understand the SVG extractor example, it is straightforward.

At the moment it is working for html and pdf output, but only for (stacked)
bars. And no error handling yet etc. I need some more time to implement a
better jfc chart definition (see the jfc tag above) and a better parser for

And I am now working on a reader that creates SVG instead of PNG (should
look better when incorporated in pdf output). This is straightforward
because I have some example code from jfree chart.

And, as always, I am struggling with the cache monster...


-----Original Message-----
From: Luca Morandini []
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 3:12 PM
Cc: Giaimo Pino
Subject: [SUMMARY] JFreeChart, anyone ?


first, I'd like to thank all the people who kindly answered my call.

However, the project I'm currently involved needs something else than a
serializer, and something more flexible than Krysalis-Wings, therefore:

1) We'd like to build a transformer (chart definition and chart data in, SVG
out) from scratch (the resulting SVG may be serialized as PNG or JPEG later
in the pipeline)
2) We'll use JFreeChart (our customer likes it, moreover, we deem it more
powerful than JChart)
3) We'll develop the code for Pie, Bar and Stacked bar charts only; but we
hope to provide a good code base to build upon
4) Our customer (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato ) would like to donate the resulting software (the
5) We'll develop it in the next couple of weeks
6) We'll build it using Cocoon 2.0.2

Let me know if someone has some comments/suggestions on it. Particularly,
I'd like to know whether it could be built as a Cocoon block (and how).

Best regards,

Luca Morandini

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