TIBCO Cloud™ Spotfire® Business Author User's Guide


The action of marking visualization items means selecting parts of the data that you find of certain interest to examine in more detail, or to work at in various ways. To gather the marked items, and to recognize them as marked, they are associated with a certain marking.

Example of marked items
You mark items in different ways, for example by clicking them. Example of items are bar segments, markers, lines, and pie sectors. Items that have been marked are easily distinguished: the unmarked items' colors fade out, but the marked items keep their original colors and get a dark outline as shown above.

When you mark items in a visualization, you in fact mark the corresponding rows in the data table. To identify and represent this entire set of marked rows, a special concept is used, marking. A marking is assigned two attributes, a name and a color, and can be viewed in the legend, see the image above.

Because rows in the data table become marked, every visualization in your analysis that uses the data table and the same marking is affected. If items in other visualizations include any of the marked data rows, they become marked too.

How to mark and unmark items is described in
Marking items serves many purposes. For example, it can be used to drill down into the data or to group data in your analysis. Here you find different use cases: