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Set of configurable charts based on d3.


npm install rcw-charts


import { BarChart } from 'rcw-charts';

const chart = new BarChart(el, options, data);
chart.update(el, otherOptions, otherData);

Available charts

  • bar
  • row
  • scatter
  • line
  • vertical symbol
  • horizontal symbol
  • timeline

API (out of the box usage)


constructor(el, options, data)

Setup DOM elements and call update.

update(el, options, data)

Draw the chart using the lifecycle of d3 (join, enter, update, exit).


Destroy all d3 related elements (selections, events) from el including el.



any valid DOM element (JSDOM elements are valid, React's virtual DOM elements are not)

const el = document.getElementById('root');


const axisOptions = {
  step: 1,
  format: { proc: null, pattern: '.0f', isTime: false },
  color: 'black',
  thickness: 1

const options = {
  base: {
    width: 920,
    height: 455,
    margin: 0,
  axis: {
    x: axisOptions,
    y: {
      step: 2
name default type/domain description
base - {} base options
base.width 920 <Integer> width of the chart
base.height 455 <Integer> height of the chart
base.margin 0 <Integer> margins (top, right, bottom, left) of the chart (#1)
base.isAnnotated false <Boolean> serie annotations
base.padding {top: 0, right: 0, bottom: 0, left: 0} {} padding around base
base.innerPadding {top: 0, right: 0, bottom: 0, left: 0} {} padding around series
axis - {} axis options
axis.{x|y} - {} x or y axis options
axis.{x|y}.color black CSS color of the axis (line only)
axis.{x|y}.thickness 1 <Integer> thickness of the axis (line only)
axis.{x|y}.orient left `[top right
axis.{y\}.padding 0 <Integer> padding of the axis (#4)
axis.{x|y}.tick - {} tick options
axis.{x|y}.tick.size 6 <Integer> length (width for y, height for x) of a tick
axis.{x|y}.tick.minorSize 0 <Integer> length (width for y, height for x) of a minor tick
axis.{x|y}.tick.color black CSS color of a tick
axis.{x|y}.tick.thickness 1 <Integer> thickness of a tick
axis.{x|y}.tick.minorThickness 1 <Integer> thickness of a minor tick
axis.{x|y}.font - - font options
axis.{x|y}.font.family sans-serif CSS font family
axis.{x|y}.font.size 10 <Integer> font size
axis.{x|y}.font.color black CSS font color
axis.{x|y}.font.weight normal CSS font weight
axis.{x|y}.font.rotation -45 <Integer> font rotation (#3)
axis.{x|y}.format - - format options
axis.{x|y}.format.proc null <function> proc to manually compute a format (#2)
axis.{x|y}.format.pattern .0f D3 pattern injected in d3.format
axis.{x|y}.format.isTime false <Boolean> use d3.time.format
axis.{x|y}.format.maxWidth null <Integer> value to set a maximum to the width of the text (in pixels)
axis.{x|y}.ordinal.gap .3 [0 -> 1] ratio for band gap
axis.{x|y}.ordinal.padding .3 [0 -> 1] space ratio around bands
axis.{x|y}.ordinal.minDisplaySize 300 <Integer> minimal number of pixels required to display the axis (width for horizontal, height for vertical)
axis.{x|y}.linear.min 0 <Integer> min value (#7)
axis.{x|y}.linear.minDisplaySize 100 <Integer> minimal number of pixels required to display the axis (width for horizontal, height for vertical)
axis.{x|y}.linear.minTickSizeFactor 2 <Integer> minimal ratio of a tick label offset (width for horizontal, height for vertical) for step size
axis.{x|y}.linear.minTickSizeFactor 5 <Integer> maximal ratio of a tick label offset (width for horizontal, height for vertical) for step size
axis.{x|y}.linear.max 0 <Integer> max value (#7)
axis.{x|y}.linear.step 0 <Integer> step that defines tick count (#8)
axis.{x|y}.linear.frequency year `[year month
axis.{x|y}.linear.pivot - {} pivot options
axis.{x|y}.linear.pivot.value null <Integer> pivot value, if null computed from min, max or data
axis.{x|y}.linear.pivot.color black CSS color of pivot line
axis.{x|y}.linear.pivot.thickness 2 <Integer> width of pivot line
axis.{x|y}.grid.color black CSS color of a line
axis.{x|y}.grid.thickness 1 <Integer> thickness of a line
axis.{x|y}.grid.baselines [] Array of <Integer> grid lines considered as pivot line (#9)
serie - {} serie options
serie.colors ['gray'] [CSS] colors of a serie
serie.overColors ['green'] [CSS] colors of a hovered serie
serie.highlightColors ['blue'] [CSS] colors of highlighted series
serie.baselineColors ['#263238'] [CSS] colors of baseline series
serie.annotation - {} annotation options
serie.annotation.font.family sans-serif CSS font family
serie.annotation.font.size 10 <Integer> font size
serie.annotation.font.weight normal CSS font weight
serie.annotation.margin 2 <Integer> margin around annotation
serie.annotation.format - {} annotation format (cf axis.format)
serie.annotation.display focus `[never always
serie.scatter - {} scatter options
serie.scatter.markerRadius 7 <Integer> radius of a marker
serie.scatter.areaIndex .1 [0 -> 1] ratio that control annotation position on edges
serie.line.shadow 10 <Integer> shadow line for hovering more easily
serie.line.thickness 1 <Integer> thickness of a line
serie.line.marker - {} marker options for a line
serie.line.marker.shadow 2 <Integer> shadow border of a marker
serie.line.marker.shape circle `[circle cross
serie.line.focused - {} focused line options
serie.line.focused.thickness 2 <Integer> thickness of a focused line
serie.line.densityRatio 32 <Integer> ratio for visibility of markers and annotations
serie.tooltip - {} scatter options
serie.tooltip.display over `[never over]`
serie.tooltip.layout <proc> <function> proc that render an html string (#5)
  • (#1) compliant with the d3 standard
  • (#2) proc(datum) => datum.x%2 === 0 ? datum.x : 'odd values are odd...'
  • (#3) only used for x if labels are too long
  • (#4) correlated to orient (left, right), only for y
  • (#5) proc(serie, datum, color) => `<div style="${style}">X: ${datum.x}<br />Y: ${datum.y}</div>`
  • (#6) focus is the aggregation of all focus modes (highlight, baseline)
  • (#7) min and max values are overriden by data to avoid clamping and misleading charts
  • (#8) if min is 0 and max is 100 with 20 step, ticks will be [0,20,40,60,80,100], a 0 step (default) is considered invalid and will be overriden by data
  • (#9) pivot has an impact on all the computations, baselines have no impact. They are declarative, if they are drawn they have the same style as a pivot line.
  • (#10) a time axis has the same behavior as a linear axis except that ticks are handle by the combination of a frequency and a step (ie every quarter is month and 3)


  label: 'my serie',
  datapoints: [
    {x, y, z, highlightIndex, baselineIndex, label},

x, y, z can be <Integer> or <String>

API (advanced usage)

Advanced usage should be used when options are not enough to fit the needs.

The Scatterplot into Bubble usecase

The difference between the scatterplot and the bubble is the data used to compute the size of the plots.

Here is the source of the bubble:

function plotSizeAccessor(target) {
  target.accessors = {
    plotSize: (options, datum) => target.accessors.z(datum) > 0 ? target.accessors.z(datum) : 0

export default class Bubble extends ScatterPlot {}

The scatterplot engine is used to draw a bubble with a slight difference, the plotSize accessor has been changed:

// in Scatterplot
function plotSizeAccessor(target) {
  target.accessors = {
    plotSize: (options, datum) => options.plotSize

note: bubble needs a little bit more like displaying smaller bubbles on top but to keep the usecase simple for the documentation, only the size aspect has been kept.

This usecase is very simple but shows that:

  • tweaking a chart is not as complex as creating a chart
  • tweaking is not risky and has no side-effect on the inherited chart
  • tweaking is handy, the context is provided ((options, datum) => options.plotSize):
    • datum is not used in scatterplot
    • datum is required for bubble
    • datum represents a plot data ({x,y,z})
    • the accessor is executed somewhere in the flow engine where the datum is injected
    • plotSizes are computed on the fly by the engine (data-driven approach)

Available hooks (decorators)

name description
selectors define css classes associated with charts DOM elements
accessors define how the engine access data or options (x dimension, annotation label, ...)
computors define computations used in the chart engine flow (ranges, scales, offsets, ...)
eauors stands for 'enter and update -ors', define how to draw elements (with d3)

Each chart defines decorators and a flow engine.
Decorators are inherited and can overriden anywhere in the inheritance chain:

  1. Base defines how to compute the x axis
  2. Base::Scatterplot do nothing (ie reuse the x axis computation inherited from Base)
  3. Scatterplot::Bubble can redefine how to compute the x axis
// default axis computation
export default function computors(target) {
  target.computors = {
    xAxis: (scale, options) => computeAxis(scale, options)

// bar needs an ordinal axis
export default function computors(target) {
  target.computors = {
    xAxis: (scale, options) => computeOrdinalAxis(scale, options)


Hooks are a way for tweaking charts and handle usecases that options do not cover.
Some hooks may be permanent, others can introduce features that may become native (ie accessible throught options).


Tooltip is a transversal concept that is be generic except the UI element on which it is attached and the event that trigger it.
That is why tooltip handlers need to be declared for each charts since a chart is the only one to know its structure.


  • showTooltip(_selector, accessors, options, scales, datum): show the tooltip
  • hideTooltip(_selector, partial): hide the tooltip

These handlers manage the visibility of the tooltip and its placement.
They also use the layout (provided in options) to display the tooltip as expected.

// in eauors
  .on('mousemove', _.curry(showTooltip)(selectors.tooltip, accessors, options, scales))
  .on('mouseleave', _.curry(hideTooltip)(selectors.tooltip));

It is not necessary to understand currying here, choose the UI part on which tooltip should appear and copy/paste the handler partial executions.
Recommended events are mousemove and mouseleave but others can be used.

Layout sample:

function layout(datum, color) {
  const style = `
    font-size: 10px;
    font-family: sans-serif;
    color: ${color};
    padding: 5px;
    border: 1px solid ${color};
    background: white;
    opacity: .8;
  return `<div style="${style}">X: ${datum.x}<br />Y: ${datum.y}</div>`;

Inline style is accepted and allow a good customization.
datum holds all the data relative to the point, bar, etc and color is the color used for highlighting.




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