Monday, December 27, 2010

Only Show Background Image When...

Those who know me, know me as a contrarian. Thus, with the arrival of 6.0, I'm going to highlight one of the oldest features in Tableau. This feature - known as "only show a background image when a field equals a value" does not appear to be documented anywhere. Perhaps in the Tableau user forums. I haven't had time to search... anyhoo, this happy little feature is one of my personal favorites. In the viz shown below, when you select a new value for the data set (Tableau's ubiquitous "coffee chain" data), the background image will change. I have randomly selected four satellite images, which have nothing to do with the data per se, but it demonstrates the point nicely.

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