OnePager 7.1 introduces hash patterns as a new type of fill for both tasks and milestones. There are now two distinct families of fill patterns:
- Gradients: These are the traditional gradient fills, like a solid flat color, bevel, pipe shape, etc.
- Hash Patterns: New in version 7.1, hash fill patterns apply a series of patterned lines on top of the shape. Hash fills can be used in place of color to distinguish different groups of tasks or milestones, and can also be used in combination with color. Hash fills are useful for people who have color blindness, as it helps them distinguish similar colors that would otherwise be hard to tell apart. Hash fills are also useful if you plan to print your OnePager chart in grayscale, but still want to tell different sets of tasks and milestones apart.
Selecting a Fill Pattern
When clicking on the dropdown to select a fill pattern, you will see a tabbed interface that lets you choose between Hash Patterns and Gradients:
Foreground and Background
Hash fill patterns are comprised of both a foreground and a background color. The hash pattern itself is drawn as the foreground color. For example, here is a task bar with a black foreground and a white background:
And here is a task bar that uses the same hash fill pattern, but with a white foreground and a black background:
Use in Conditional Formatting
In earlier versions of OnePager, fill patterns were not configurable through conditional formatting. Now that OnePager supports hash fills, we've expanded the breadth of conditional formatting to include both gradients and hash fills.
To define a conditional formatting rule that applies different hash patterns, go to Home > Chart Properties > Task Bars, and click on the Manage Rules button. You can define a conditional formatting rule that assigns both a foreground color and a hash fill pattern, as we've done below, or you can create hash-only rules if you prefer:
In this example, we have not varied the background color, but this is an option in cases where you want to have a different background color applied to each hash fill pattern.
Once you have defined hash fill patterns in conditional formatting, you'll also see that the legend distinguishes between the different hash fill patterns as well:
Gallery of Hash Fill Patterns
Here are examples of the new hash fill patterns. Most hash fill patterns come in low density (fewer lines) and high density (more lines) versions. In general, we find that low density hash fills are easier to tell apart, so if you are using hash fills to differentiate tasks, go with the low density versions. If you are using hash fills as more of a texture, then you may prefer high density versions.