ODS graph styles provide users with an easy way to control things such as the colors and fonts used in a graph, freeing the user from having to specify these properties in their code. A lot of thought was given to picking colors that work well together, and look good. The styles were first introduced in SAS 9.1.3 for the java and activex graphs, and then in SAS 9.2 support was added for the traditional gif and png device graphs. Here is a link to some of the graph styles available since SAS 9.2.
If you didn't specify a graph style in your code, a default style was used ... and the default style was different, depending on how you were running SAS (DMS, EG, batch, etc). Now, in SAS 9.4, the same default style is used, no matter how you run SAS!
Which style is the SAS 9.4 default, you might ask? ... htmlblue!
Here is an example of a GCHART created using the default style in SAS 9.3 and SAS 9.4 -- I think you'll agree that the htmlblue (9.4 default) style looks much better. And best of all, no matter how you run your SAS job the same default style is used! (Note that I don't typically recommend coloring each bar a different color, but I'm doing so in this case so you can easily see what the default colors are, for the default style.)
What do you think of the new SAS 9.4 default style? Leave your comments below.