Stacked column chart with highlighting (Excel)

C01: Stacked column charts

Stacked column charts are being used for displaying data in their temporal development.

Features for IBCS® certification of software


  • Proper scaling of charts with the same unit (values, volumes, shares, ratios)
  • Integrated legends at the left or right hand side of the column data points
  • Data labels inside the column elements if there is enough space and suppressing data labels if there is not enough space
  • Period sums outside at the top of each column
  • Consistent title and footnote concept
  • Use of category axes for meaning (“semantic axes”)



  • Message concept
  • Highlighting differences
  • Highlighting with trend arrows
  • Integrating and highlighting comments