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10.7.4 Vertical line

The final object you may add to a Gantt chart is simple, but quite useful, a straight vertical line extending over the whole plot height. This could for example be used to illustrate different phases in a project. You create a line object by a call to GanttVLine()

The full signature for GanttVLine() is

  function GanttVLine ($aDate,$aTitle, $aColor, $aWeight, $aStyle)

 $aDate   Date for the milestone
 $aTitle   Title for the line. The title is displayed at the bottom of the line
 $aColor   Color for the line
 $aWeight   Line width
 $aStyle   Line style,"dashed", "dotted" and so on

Valid creations of lines are for example

To add the line to the graph you just have to call GanttGraph::Add() as with milestones and bars. Let's illustrate the use of vertical lines by adding a line to the previous example.

 $vline  = new GanttVLine ("2001-12-24","Phase 1");
$graph->Add( $vline);

and the example (See 149) now becomes

Figure 149: Adding a vertical line with a title to the Gantt chart [src] 

From the above figure you can see that by default the line is drawn at the beginning of the day of the specified date and in a 'dashed' style. This can (of course!) be modified so that the line is drawn/aligned anywhere in the specified day. You modify this by invoking the method SetDayOffset() with an argument specifying the fraction of the day where you want the line positioned.

If you, for example, want to display the line in the middle of the day just add the line

 $vline->SetDayOffset( 0.5);

to the previous code and the result will be

Figure 150: Modifying the position of the line within the day [src] 

As usual you may modify the font, size and color by invoking the appropriate method (SetFont(), SetColor()) on the 'title' property of lines.

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