C08: Area charts

Area charts – always with horizontal axes – display 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 of the first data points (areas) or right of the last data points (areas) in the middle of the respective areas
  • Data labels in the middle of the respective areas
  • 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