iOS & macOS Charting Documentation - SciChart iOS & macOS Charts SDK v4.x

Axis Labels - TextFormatting and CursorTextFormatting

All the axis classes obey standard Cocoa formatting strings, calling methods of the NSFormatter APIs internally. Thus, standard Date Formatters and Number Formatters strings patterns can be applied to format axis labels. There are the ISCIAxisCore.textFormatting and ISCIAxisCore.cursorTextFormatting properties for this purpose.

NOTE: NSDateFormatter and NSNumberFormatter relies on Unicode Technical Standard #35

See possible string patterns provided by UTS#35

Axis Labels Formatting

Axis API allows to assign a formatting string for axis labels. There is the ISCIAxisCore.textFormatting property for this. Such formatting can be set in code as shown below:

id<ISCIAxis> xAxis = [SCIDateAxis new]; xAxis.textFormatting = @“dd.MMM”; id<ISCIAxis> yAxis = [SCINumericAxis new]; yAxis.textFormatting = @“$0.0”;
let xAxis = SCIDateAxis() xAxis.textFormatting = “dd.MMM” let yAxis = SCINumericAxis() yAxis.textFormatting = “$0.0”
var xAxis = new SCIDateAxis(); xAxis.TextFormatting = “dd.MMM”; var yAxis = new SCINumericAxis(); yAxis.TextFormatting = “$0.0”;

Axis Labels Formatting

NOTE: Axis labels formatting is also applied to SCIAxisMarkerAnnotation labels.

Axis Cursor Text Formatting

Axis API allows to assign a formatting string for axis overlays, such as SCICursorModifier axis labels. Similarly to axis labels formatting, there is the ISCIAxisCore.cursorTextFormatting property for this. Such formatting can be set in code as shown below:

id<ISCIAxis> xAxis = [SCIDateAxis new]; xAxis.cursorTextFormatting = @“‘X Value:'dd.MM.yyyy”; id<ISCIAxis> yAxis = [SCINumericAxis new]; yAxis.cursorTextFormatting = @“'Price:’###.##‘ $’”;
let xAxis = SCIDateAxis() xAxis.cursorTextFormatting = “‘X Value:'dd.MM.yyyy” let yAxis = SCINumericAxis() yAxis.cursorTextFormatting = “'Price:’###.##‘ $’”
var xAxis = new SCIDateAxis(); xAxis.CursorTextFormatting = “‘X Value:'dd.MM.yyyy”; var yAxis = new SCINumericAxis(); yAxis.CursorTextFormatting = “'Price:’###.##‘ $’”;

Axis Cursor Text Formatting

Numeric Axes and Scientific Notation

It is possible to render axis labels and text in tooltips in a shortened form using scientific notation (standard form). This becomes an issue when working with large numbers. In this case axis size will grow to fit axis labels inside. This is a common issue when working with SCILogarithmicNumericAxis.

To configure an axis to show numbers in this form, it is necessary that a proper format string is provided and SCIScientificNotation is set to the desired value. There is a ISCINumericAxis.scientificNotation property for this purpose. Possible options are listed below:

An axis can be configured to use SCIScientificNotation like follows:

id<ISCIAxis> xAxis = [SCILogarithmicNumericAxis new]; xAxis.logarithmicBase = 10.0; xAxis.scientificNotation = SCIScientificNotation_LogarithmicBase; xAxis.textFormatting = @“#.#E+0”; xAxis.cursorTextFormatting = @“#.#E+0”;
let xAxis = SCILogarithmicNumericAxis() xAxis.logarithmicBase = 10.0 xAxis.scientificNotation = .logarithmicBase; xAxis.textFormatting = “#.#E+0” xAxis.cursorTextFormatting = “#.#E+0”
var xAxis = new SCILogarithmicNumericAxis(); xAxis.LogarithmicBase = 10.0; xAxis.ScientificNotation = SCIScientificNotation.LogarithmicBase; xAxis.TextFormatting = “#.#E+0”; xAxis.CursorTextFormatting = “#.#E+0”;

Axis Cursor Text Formatting

Dynamically Changing TextFormatting

For more advanced formatting scenarios, Axis API provides a feature called LabelProviders. It grants full control over text output of every axis label. This can be useful if required to customize textual representation of particular axis labels or replace all of them with other strings based on some logics. Please refer to the LabelProvider API article for further details.