I find it interesting that the simple posts around here generate the most interest from the community. This just goes to show that people are continually trying to find those subtle ways to improve the UI of their Lotus Notes client based applications. Either that or we're all lazy! :-D
Since I posted my little tip about Bar Charts in views using color columns, several folks have added some great comments and even shown their own implementations. Rather than rehash their content here, I'll just point you their way. Please check them out since there are some really super ideas that you can use in place of (or to enhance) my contribution.
First up is Theo Heselmans' implementation using image resources. He made some very attractive graphics to highlight his technique. If you don't mind firing up the graphics program and want to perhaps add a little bling to your application, then this is an excellent approach.
Vitor Pereira then picked up the torch and added his take on Theo's technique. This one blew me away because I learned something new. Turns out you can have more than one image in a single column in a view by specifying the column value as a list of image resources. How cool is that!
(P.S. This works with a list of column icon numbers as well. 1:2:3:4:5 will thus yield )
To round it all out, Mr. Kevin Pettitt provides us with a very nice summary of the whole affair.
Neither my technique nor the others mentioned here provide a 100% fool-proof solution for the perfectionist, but they all can greatly enhance the visual appearance of your views where some kind of progress indicator is needed. Try them out and see which one you like the best.
Thanks to Theo, Vitor and Kevin for the posts! Cheers, guys...
Update: Christian Petters shares his thoughts as well.
Update 2: Doh! Nathan smacked me upside the head in the comments and rightly noted that these aren't really Gantt charts but simple bar charts. Gantt charts are used in project planning and help you spatially see relationships and dependencies among tasks (yuck...my project manager training is flashing before my eyes). Thus, I have updated the title of this post. Thanks, Nathan...may I have another! :-D