Symbol Mark

Symbol marks are shapes useful for plotting data, and include circles, squares and oriented triangles. Symbol size can be scaled to indicate magnitudes. In addition to a set of built-in shapes, custom shapes can be defined using SVG path strings.


Type-Specific Mark Properties

Property Type Description
size Number The area in pixels of the symbols bounding box. Note that this value sets the area of the symbol; the side lengths will increase with the square root of this value.
shape String The symbol shape. One of circle (default), square, cross, diamond, triangle-up, triangle-down, triangle-right, triangle-left. Alternatively, a custom SVG path string can be provided. For correct sizing, custom shape paths should be defined within a square with coordinates ranging from -1 to 1 along both the x and y dimensions.

General Mark Properties

Property Type Description
x Number The primary x-coordinate in pixels.
x2 Number The secondary x-coordinate in pixels.
xc Number The center x-coordinate. Incompatible with x and x2.
width Number The width of the mark in pixels, if supported.
y Number The primary y-coordinate in pixels.
y2 Number The secondary y-coordinate in pixels.
yc Number The center y-coordinate. Incompatible with y and y2.
height Number The height of the mark in pixels, if supported.
opacity Number The mark opacity from 0 (transparent) to 1 (opaque).
fill Color The fill color.
fillOpacity Number The fill opacity from 0 (transparent) to 1 (opaque).
stroke Color The stroke color.
strokeOpacity Number The stroke opacity from 0 (transparent) to 1 (opaque).
strokeWidth Number The stroke width in pixels.
strokeCap String The stroke cap for line ending style. One of butt (default), round or square.
strokeDash Number[ ] An array of [stroke, space] lengths for creating dashed or dotted lines.
strokeDashOffset Number The pixel offset at which to start the stroke dash array.
strokeJoin String The stroke line join method. One of miter (default), round or bevel.
strokeMiterLimit Number The miter limit at which to bevel a line join.
cursor String The mouse cursor used over the mark. Any valid CSS cursor type can be used.
href URL A URL to load upon mouse click. If defined, the mark acts as a hyperlink.
tooltip String The tooltip text to show upon mouse hover.

For marks that support width and height settings (including rect and area), the horizontal dimensions are determined (in order of precedence) by the x and x2 properties, the x and width properties, the x2 and width properties, or the xc and width properties. If all three of x, x2 and width are specified, the width value is ignored. The y, y2, yc and height properties are treated similarly.

For marks that do not support width or height (including path and arc) similar calculations are applied, but are only used to determine the mark’s ultimate x and y position. The width property may affect the final x position, but otherwise is not visualized.

When using multiple spatial properties along the same dimension (x and x2, or y and y2), the properties must be specified in the same encoding set; for example, all within "enter": {...} or all within "update": {...}. Dividing the properties across encoding sets can cause unexpected behavior.