Stacked column charts can show change over time because it’s easy to compare total column lengths. However, except for the first series of data (next to the x-axis) and total bar length, it’s difficult to compare the relative size of the components that make up each bar. As categories or data series are added, stacked column charts quickly become complicated.


Multiple categories and data series in compact space Can show change over time


Difficult to compare all but first series Become visually complex as categories or series are added


Limit data series and categories Avoid all 3d variants


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