Using the Dimensions Browser

The Dimensions Browser on the Filters tabbed page of the Envision workspace offers context-sensitive bucket names based on the chart type and allows you to navigate interactively through the data source dimensions and measures on the screen, and simulate the report type that you want to print.

The Dimensions Browser is displayed based on the two modes - 'Author' and 'Viewer'. In the 'Viewer' mode, all the other dimension names such as the Column Dimension, Legend Dimension, Historical Dimension, Drill Dimension, and so on based on the chart type are displayed in a generic list called Dimension.

The following table explains in general the various functional areas of the Dimensions Browser.

Area Function
Dimensions Indicates any field containing qualitative or categorical information. This includes, for instance, any field with text or dates values. Drag any dimension into Dimensions of the Dimensions Browser to represent the X-axis values of your visualization or chart.
Measures Indicates the aggregated value of the dimension. Generally, measures are used to measure data, and hence are of numeric data type. Drag any measure into Measures of the Dimensions Browser to represent the X-axis values of your visualization or chart.
Legend Dimension Indicates the data series or data points in each chart. Is useful in making the chart or visualization more readable when data appearing in a chart contains multiple data series.
Browse Dimensions Indicates the data series for individual dimensional elements, where you can browse data for each dimensional element in a separate page.
Drag any dimension or measure into Browse Dimensions of the Dimensions Browser to view the individual dimensional elements in separate pages.
Select Filter > Multi Select to switch between selecting multiple dimensional elements or  single dimensional element.
For information on associating a browsing dimension with specific measures in a chart, see Associating a Browsing Dimension with Specific Measures.
For information on using multiple variants of a browsing dimension in a dashboard, see Using multiple variants of a Browsing dimension.
Search Indicates the dimension name that you must specify for the dimension that you want to search.

Indicates dimensions that comprise a large amount of zero or NULL entries (more than 90-95%). Select to enable or disable these values in the chart or visualization. For more information on browsing sparse values, see Using the Sparse Browser.

For more information on defining dimensions for your visualization, see Defining Dimensions.

Associating a browsing dimension with specific measures

1.   From the Dimensions Browser, drag a dimension into the Browsing dimension.

2.   Click the icon next to the Browsing dimension and then select the Measure that you want to associate with the browsing dimension.