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The chart below has a total duration of one week, and the data was grouped by a one day duration to come up with each of the bars.

What should the total duration (1 week) and group by duration (1 day) be referred to as?

My purpose is I am building a little chart wizard. I ask the user to enter the full duration and the bar duration. I want to use terms which will be obvious to the user.

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  • Maybe "time period" for the group by duration? – user1032531 Aug 11 '17 at 21:14
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[Date Range] or [Time Range] for duration (e.g. 1 day, 1 week, 14 days, 1 month)

by [Time unit] for x-axis labels (by minute, hour, day, week)

Using the word range implies two points in time, whereas unit implies a divisible (and discrete) point.

If the minimum range is a day, you could use Date Range, otherwise Time Range would allow smaller ranges like an hour.

Some extraneous thoughts on visual hierarchy

One thing I noticed is that the chart labels and title are very close in hierarchy, so I struggle to make out the title. You could try some typographic distinction with a bolder and larger title. I also experimented in shortening the line brackets that divide your units of measure, trying to turn some visual noise created by the deep dividers.

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And maybe put title on top, so my eyes first scan the title (especially if it's competing with other page elements or charts) so I can judge what's important, and then start making sense of the data:

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  • Thanks Mike. My purpose is I am building a little chart wizard. I ask the user to enter the full duration and the bar duration. I want to use terms which will be obvious to the user. I should have specified that in the original question and will edit it. – user1032531 Aug 11 '17 at 21:49
  • I see, so this is a little form builder, like a sentence, correct? – Mike M Aug 11 '17 at 21:52
  • @user1032531 I edited my answer above to better reflect your question. Hope it helps. – Mike M Aug 11 '17 at 22:05

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