In order to make my widget easier to read, I am going to narrow down the data it displays. I have decided that instead of seeing the statistics for all of the players in the World Cup, I would only like to see data for the six players with the most penalty goals.
In order to achieve this, I need to click the “Options” button that appears beside the “PlayerName” field in the “Columns” box and click “Filter(s).”
Then, I need to click the “Rank” checkbox, select “Top” from the drop-down list box for the “Mode” option, and change the “Count” option to 6. Finally, I need to change the “Column” drop-down list box to “Penalties Scored.”
Now, I am happy with my spline widget’s appearance, but I would like to customize it so that if I click on a player’s name, I am able to see the name of their team.
To do this, I will enable the multi-level drill down feature. As the name implies, this option will allow me to drill down my data even further by displaying another level of information.
To enable multi-level drill down, I will navigate back to the “Assign Data” tab. Making this customization will require me to modify the data that is associated with players’ names, so I need to locate the “Columns” box.
Currently, the only field in the “Columns” box is the “PlayerName” field. If I would like my widget to display the names of the players’ teams, I need to add the “TeamName” field to the “Columns” box.
Thus, I will drag the “TeamName” field to the “Columns” box and place it underneath the “PlayerName” field. When I do this, a box will pop up asking me if I want to enable multi-level drill down.
After I click “Yes,” the “Columns” box displays the “PlayerName” field on top of the “TeamName” field. The widget’s appearance has not changed, but multi-level drill down is now enabled. This means that I can click the data points on my spline widget to obtain additional information (in this case, the name of the team that each player represented in the World Cup).
I can test the widget’s functionality by clicking the “Preview” button in the upper right corner of my dashboard, navigating to the spline widget, and hovering over a player’s dot on the widget. White diagonal lines appear within the blue dot, which indicates that I can click the dot to view additional information.
After I click the dot, the player’s data is displayed, and the name of their team appears at the bottom of the widget.
Finally, it is worth noting that if you would like to create a line chart widget, you can do so using exactly the same steps that are outlined above. The only difference between the spline widget and the line widget is that the spline widget uses smooth curves to connect data points while the line widget uses straight lines to connect data points. However, the widgets’ functionalities are the same.