Xcelsius vs. HTML5 – Waterfall Chart

This is one of several posts dedicated to my exploration of HTML5 capabilities using Google charts (which allow for backwards compatibility to older browsers) compared to what I can currently accomplish in Xcelsius.

I already know that the basics are covered (bar, column, area, line, pie), so I’m going after many of the same challenges I faced over the past couple of years with Xcelsius.

My first challenge is the Waterfall chart.

This seems like a most fitting initial challenge given the fact that the Data-Ink.com custom theme was created to achieve a better workaround for Waterfall charts specifically. While Google Charts doesn’t have a dedicated Waterfall chart, it didn’t take long to customize one using a stacked column chart. One thing that I really liked about this solution was that I could make the cumulative (hidden) series transparent instead of just making it the color of the background. Although it will take a little more work to feed the data in, it isn’t that much harder (given the capabilities of Webi), and I’m able to save my layout/configuration to reuse in other projects.

Overall on this first challenge, I would call it a tie! Please compare this Google Chart to Greg Wayne’s post on MyXcelsius.com when service pack 4 was released, HERE.

I would really like to be as fair and open about the capabilities and benefits of each, so please feel free to voice your opinions in the comments below!

– Josh