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To initialize a chart object in an application you need to make the following steps:

  1. Include related js and css files
  2. Place a chart container on a page
  3. Define data for a chart
  4. Call an initialization script

1. First, add dhtmlxcharts.js and dhtmlxcharts.css files to use the methods of the DhtmlxChart library in an application.

<script type="text/javascript" src="../../codebase/dhtmlxchart.js"></script>
<link rel="STYLESHEET" type="text/css" href="../../codebase/dhtmlxchart.css">

2. Specify an HTML container for your future chart.

<div id=" chart_container" style="width:280px;height:250px;"></div>

3. Specify data that will be present in a chart. They can have json, xml, csv or js array format.

var data = [
        { sales:2.9, year:"2000" },
        { sales:3.5, year:"2001" },{ sales:7.6, year:"2009" }

4. Create an object constructor. It can have various parameters, but 3 parameters are mandatory in order for a chart to be rendered:

  • view – a chart view (e.g. “pie”)
  • container – an id of the html container where chart will be initialized
  • value – a data value that a chart presents (“value” by default)

All other parameters are optional.

var chart =  new dhtmlXChart({
	view: "pie",
	container: "chart_container",
	value: "#sales#",
        label: "#year#"

It is highly recommended to call chart constructor from onload event of page, in other case, there may be problems with correct rendering.