Dial Gauges - WebTMA 5

How to Set Up Dial Gauge

The Dial Gauge display is similar in appearance to an automobile speedometer (mechanical type).

The chart has more settings than others because you have a number of additional features such as thresholds to alert users when certain limits are passed.

The following steps elaborate on the choices you have for creating dial gauges.

  1. Complete the Query Type, Window, and Query
  2. Select the Dial Color and Needle Color.
  3. Set the Start and End Value
  4. Establish the Major Tick Increment and Minor Tick Increment for visual identifiers on the dial.
  5. Click the Save button at the bottom of the window. Scroll down to locate the button.

How to Set Dial or Digital Segments

Segments are used to define acceptable and unacceptable values for Dial and Digital Gauges.

Use the Add New Segment link to determine the start and end values of the segments as well as the color. For example, if you have a blue background for the dial, you can create a segment in red for visual contrast.

  1. Follow instructions in How to Set Up a Dial Gauge.
  2. Click the Add New Segment
  3. Enter the starting segment value in the Start
  4. Enter the ending segment value in the End
  5. Select a color for the segment. Be sure to make it different from the background color.
  6. Click the Update link below the color field.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 to add more segments.
  8. (Optional) Set Thresholds.
  9. Click the Save button on the popup window. You may have to scroll down to locate it.
  10. Click Save on the WebTMA toolbar.

If a report is associated with a Control, you can click an icon on the Control title bar in View mode to generate the report.

Reminder: Initially, new controls display at the upper left of the Tab. If you have not moved an existing control, the new control covers it. In Edit mode, drag-and-drop new controls to arrange them on the Tab. Resize the Controls with click-and-drag using the standard MS Windows resizing arrows

How to Set Dial or Digital Thresholds

Set thresholds in situations where management needs to know when data exceeds important limits. If a control passes the threshold value, the border surrounding the control flashes in View mode and the system sends an alert message. If you set a Dial threshold or background color and later change the control to Digital, it will use the same colors. Be aware that green works well; however yellow or red do not.

Note that Thresholds cannot be set on Digital Gauge controls when they are based on Custom SQL queries.

After making the initial Dial or Digital Gauge selections, use these instructions to add threshold values.

  1. Click the Add New Threshold
  2. Enter the limit number in the Value
  3. Enter the E-mail addresses of concerned managers. To enter several addresses, separate each with a semi-colon (;).
  4. Type the alert Message. It can extend beyond the size of the field.
  5. Click the Update link below the message field.
  6. Click the Save button on the popup window. You may have to scroll down to locate it.
  7. Click Save on the WebTMA toolbar.

How to Add Reports to Controls

Every MyPage Control has an option to add non-system reports. If you view a report on a regular basis, adding it to the Control is convenient. You may need to scroll to the bottom of the MyPage Add Object window to see the Add Reports link. If you use a standard report, you can copy it to the Report Writer where it will be available for selection from the Dashboard control.

With the Control in Add or Edit mode:

  1. Click the Add Reports link in the Reports grid.
  2. Click the check box of all reports you want to add to this Control.
  3. Click Save on the Add Linked Report
  4. Click Save on the MyPage Add Object
  5. Click Save on the WebTMA toolbar.

In View mode, an Open linked report  icon displays on the right side of the Control title bar. If you add a single report to the Control, WebTMA generates the report automatically when you click the icon. If you have selected several reports, click the icon to select from a list of your reports.

This option is different from the Report List Control. For Report List, the report names you select make up the body of the Control and display as list of hyperlinks. When the Query Type is Report, WebTMA filters the list and does not show Private reports unless the logged-in user is the Owner, i.e., the person who created the report and marked it private.

The value displayed for a Report query on a chart or gauge control is the row count based on the criteria of the selected report. Using a report in this way allows the reuse of a complex query in an existing report without having to recreate it in the query builder on the Browse Tab.

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