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What's the best way to do document layout?

QlikView does not appear to have a particularly good layout model - you can use a container for some work, but it's not very flexible. Is there a way to snap objects to, say, to left of screen? Is there a proper grid layout option like you get for web development? Screenshot attached of potential example. Web pages would normally automatically re-size based on browser resolution and screen size.

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mov
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Re: What's the best way to do document layout?

ericmcdonald wrote:

QlikView does not appear to have a particularly good layout model...

Eric,

QlikView does not have have any layout model.  It is up to developer what layout to use.  You can use whatever layout you want, virtualy no limit but your imagination.  And, the real estate of course...

Sure there is no auto-resize - but I doubt that it is an ucnonditionally useful layout feature.

Regards,

Micahel

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Re: What's the best way to do document layout?

I would use this Eric: -

http://community.qlik.com/docs/DOC-1882

Its a starting point

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Re: What's the best way to do document layout?

Are you sure this is the correct document, it's all about QlikView optimisation and not about laying out a QlikView workbook screen??

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Re: What's the best way to do document layout?

I think you may have meant http://community.qlik.com/docs/DOC-2193

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Re: What's the best way to do document layout?

Oops, no this is the backend document.  http://www.perceptualedge.com/library.php is a starting place, I would say this extract from John Witherspoon is worth reading: -

http://community.qlik.com/message/136696

don't agree with everything that Stephen Few says, but I agree with most of it.  Shortly after we started using QlikView, I read a few of his books, and they gave me a good foundation.  It's a good place to start.  And yes, there have been QlikTech webinars and I'm sure other presentations on dashboard design, and they pretty much repeat everything Stephen says.  For all I know, he helped write their training materials, or agreed that they could copy everything out of his books.  So if you want to impress someone who believes every word he heard in his QlikView training, then you'll want to know what Stephen Few has to say.

As for my own comments...

The purpose of a dashboard is not to impress, but to INFORM.  The dashboard should be CLEAN, with no wasted pixels, no design element that doesn't serve a purpose.  That color gradient you like so much?  Get rid of it and use a white or off white background.  Those 3D bars?  They're just making the data harder to read.  You aren't an artist, and even if you are, you aren't here to make art.  You're here to give people the exact information they need, comprehended at a glance, with no distractions.  Don't worry, there's beauty in simplicity, so you don't have to turn off the right side of your brain.  You just have to use it appropriately.

mov
Esteemed Contributor III

Re: What's the best way to do document layout?

Felim,

"The purpose of a dashboard is not to impress, but to INFORM" - agree, with an exception.  To sell, you have to impress.  For real life, you have to inform.

Regards,

Michael

PS: Same opinion regarding Stephen Few.  Very useful, but don't follow blindly.

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Re: What's the best way to do document layout?

I agree to an extent, the above extract as I mentioned was from John Witherspoon.  There is a huge difference between a SIB and a final document generally.

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