Infuence pie chart with variables

Hi everyone,


I'm working on a survey kind of project where there will be a lot of questions that sorts your personality into five types. For example based on what answers the user gives he has 60% personality type 1 35%, type 2 and 5% type 3.  

I want to visualize those result into a pie chart. I found some JavaScript based things but I can't seem to influence the results with some variables.

Could someone please help me? :)

Kind regards,

34 Replies
Brian Allen
Media Innowijs

For example based on what answers the user gives he has 60% personality type 1 35%, type 2 and 5% type 3.  

Another way you might approach this is with image states.

Build some pie charts with enough different image states to cover all the different percentages you believe you may want to visualize, then show those states depending on the user's responses.

Not nearly as flexible and dynamic as a javascript solution, but do-able with SL functionality...

Jon Ellinor


I am looking to achieve the same thing as Nurdianna - however I think I am starting with a lot less expertise. Can somebody explain to me in laymen's terms, how I can create a survey (mine is about time management and how an individual's day is broken down in to 5 categories) and display results in a pie chart? I have 50 questions.

Your help would be gratefully received!



Media Innowijs

Use Javascript in Storyline to create a piechart.


Create a custom question slide. Do not use Graded questions or Survey questions. These will limited your options in connecting your answers to the wanted variables.

Set your question in the slide and insert Radiobuttons. (in this case you'll need 5). Add a trigger to the radiobutton:

Adjust variable
Add 1 to var1
When the user clicks Submit button
If Radiobutton1 is equal to Selected

And so on. 

You could also do this with sliders. Then your trigger will look like this:

Adjust variable
Add 1 to var1
When the user clicks Submit button
If Slider1 is equal to 1


If you got all the question slides set and the answers linked to the right category, your ready to build a javascript code.

First you build a HTML file. Open a texteditor program like Notepad++ or Atom. This will call your javascript code. Type the following code in your html file:

<canvas id="myCanvas"></canvas>
<script type="text/javascript"src="pie-chart.js"></script>

Save it as index.html and open a new texteditor window. Now we make the piechart. Write down the following code:

// the JS code will first get a reference to the canvas and then set its width and height. To draw on the canvas, we only need a reference to its 2D context which contains all the drawing methods. //
/*global quotes:true, global $*/

window.onload = function() {
var player = GetPlayer();
var myCanvas = document.getElementById("myCanvas");
myCanvas.width = 300;
myCanvas.height = 300;
var ctx = myCanvas.getContext("2d");
// Define what the function. //
function drawLine(ctx, startX, startY, endX, endY) {
ctx.moveTo(startX, startY);
ctx.lineTo(endX, endY);
// This function draws an arc between the lines. //
function drawArc(ctx, centerX, centerY, radius, startAngle, endAngle) {
ctx.arc(centerX, centerY, radius, startAngle, endAngle);
// This function draws a coloured shape between the lines. //
function drawPieSlice(ctx, centerX, centerY, radius, startAngle, endAngle, color) {
ctx.fillStyle = color;
ctx.moveTo(centerX, centerY);
ctx.arc(centerX, centerY, radius, startAngle, endAngle);
/* drawLine(_ctx,100,100,200,200);
drawArc(_ctx, 150,150,150, 0, Math.PI/3);
drawPieSlice(_ctx, 150,150,150, Math.PI/2, Math.PI/2 + Math.PI/4, '#ff0000'); */
// This gives the pie slices a name. //
function displayChart(){

var var1 = player.GetVar("var1");
var var2 = player.GetVar("var2");
var var3 = player.GetVar("var3");
var var4 = player.GetVar("var4");
var var5 = player.GetVar("var5");
var myPersoonlijkheid = {
"Categorie1": var1,
"Categorie2": var2,
"Categorie3": var3,
"Categorie4": var4,
"Categorie5": var5
var Piechart = function(options) {
this.options = options;
this.canvas = options.canvas;
this.ctx = this.canvas.getContext("2d");
this.colors = options.colors;
this.draw = function() {
var total_value = 0;
var color_index = 0;
for (var categ in {
var val =[categ];
total_value += val;
var start_angle = 0;
for (categ in {
val =[categ];
var slice_angle = 2 * Math.PI * val / total_value;
drawPieSlice(this.ctx, this.canvas.width / 2, this.canvas.height / 2, Math.min(this.canvas.width / 2, this.canvas.height / 2), start_angle, start_angle + slice_angle, this.colors[color_index % this.colors.length]);
start_angle += slice_angle;
var myPiechart = new Piechart({
canvas: myCanvas,
data: myPersoonlijkheid,
//Here you can give the slices their colours//
colors: ["#f2f2f2", "#b3dcff", "#1b96ff", "#004682", "#002341"]



Note: make sure your variable name in the code is equal to the one you have in Storyline.

Save the file as pie-chart.js

Make sure the index.html and pie-chart.js are located in a new folder.

Now we go back to our storyline project.

Insert a new slide as a result slide and import a webobject. Select the file index.html as webobject and save your project. Publish it online and there you go! Your piechart is at the result slide!

I hope I helped you with it, if you got any questions about this tutorial, feel free to contact me;


Jon Ellinor
Media Innowijs

Make your project in Storyline and connect the answers of your category to a number variable. The amount of varables is equal to the amount of categories you have.

If you got all the question slides set and the answers linked to the right category, your ready to build a javascript code.

Hi Nurdianna

Thank you so much for your help with this. I really do appreciate it. You now have legendary status in my office!

I follow most of what you have said there, but please could you clarify how I go about achieving the above?

I have a survey question with the possible answers 1-5, please could you talk me through this stage?

connect the answers of your category to a number variable. The amount of variables is equal to the amount of categories you have.

I am really sorry to ask more of you, you have already been so helpful - but once I understand that bit, I think I'm good to go.



Media Innowijs

Oh sorry! I forgot to tell you that part. :'D

So you got all your questions set, right? and you got your variables that goes parallel with the JS.

You need to connect the answer to those variables. So for each answer you need to create a trigger like this:

Adjust variable
Add 1 to var1
When the user clicks  Submit button
If Radiobutton1 is equal to Selected

Though this is only possible when you're building a custom slide, so no graded question or survey question slide. Because then you won't be able to connect each answer to each varable.

I'm really sorry that I brought this up just now. But then it would work perfectly. 

Attached is a screenshot with how the trigger should look like.

Media Innowijs
Jon Ellinor

Hi Nurdianna

Thank you again for your help with this. It really is appreciated. For some reason, I'm not able to apply that trigger to my possible answers. I have attached one of my question slides. Are you able to take a look, and tell me what I'm doing wrong? 


Hi Jon,

I forgot (again) to mention it has to be a number-variable, I'm sorry! 

I made you a screenrecording with the actions I did to give the radiobutton this trigger.

I hope this will help you!

Jon Ellinor

Hi Nurdianna

Again, thank you so much for your time and help with this. I have attached a test questionnaire following the directions that you gave me - I just get a blank screen at the end. Are you able to tell me where I am going wrong?





I do believe something is missing as well. I set up a test file with 5 variables (var1, var2, etc) to correspond to those referenced in the code. The index.html page and the pie-chart.js page are in a new folder. The new folder is referenced for the web-object path.  Yet, I also see nothing but a blank screen.
It appears there must be some additional step or steps required.

Nurdianna, can you see what is missing?  Maybe if you posted your files directly we could help troubleshoot.

Media Innowijs

Hi Jon,

Hmm.. Weird, I realy did the same steps and it showed me a pie-chart. But maybe I did missed something in my explanation. I've attached the story file so you can look it through. Maybe this will help.

@Owen, you do need a slide to set the variable to a certain value. Otherwize these variables wil be 0. 


Very strange. When I use your JS and index file, it works. When I use my files which were copied from what you posted, it doesn't. I noticed a difference in the HTML file in that yours omits the typical opening <html> and <head> tags. I removed those in my file but it did not appear to make a difference. I will need to take some time to compare the JS files as well but I think that must be where there is some additional difference. 

However, it works great with your file. Very nice work!