3D and other chart effects
Do not use 3D when creating charts. The false perspective will distort the data.
For example, categories A and B seem equal when plotted in 3D. However, category B is noticeably larger, as shown when plotted in 2D.
When plotted in 3D, the highest value appears to be around 7.9 in 2012. The same data in 2D clearly show the highest value is 8 in 2010.
In 3D, bar W looks smaller than bar Z. However, they are both equal.
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