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Need a little bit of help with creating a data export link.

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  • Need a little bit of help with creating a data export link.

    Our police department provides the Washington Post and other local newspapers with a weekly list of crime reports. It used to be done by emailing them an excel spreadsheet, but now I have a simple A5W page that provides the information instantly.

    They want to be able to download the data in a tab delimited format for inclusion in their newspaper "crimes" database from around the region, so I provided a button that allows a download of the data. But in order to do that they have to:

    1. Open the webpage.
    2. Click the "Export Data" button.
    3. Select the option to open the export or save it.
    4. Click the "Save As" option, and navigate to a place to save it in.

    Is there a way I could create a URL that would jump directly to Step #4 above? (They don't really need to see the actual web grid.)

    Sergeant Richard Hartnett
    Hyattsville City Police Department

  • #2
    Re: Need a little bit of help with creating a data export link.

    You could skip #2 for them by clicking the button automatically after the page has rendered.

    But 3 and 4 are browser functions - I don't think you can bypass them.

    Alternatively, instead of creating a grid, export the data yourself and instead of giving them a link to the grid, give them a link to the file.

    Otherwise, seriously, if the newspaper can't make 4 clicks a day to get the data they want, they don't want the data all that badly ...


    • #3
      Re: Need a little bit of help with creating a data export link.

      I agree with the 4 clicks, but they are dealing with about 50 different police organizations in the Washington, DC Metro area each week, and many of them provide a simple link to that week's data.

      The data in the web grid comes from our Records Management System, so it's easy on my end, but I don't what to have to manually create a file for them each week.

      Skipping Step #2 is a good start. How would I go about doing that? Obviously something has to trigger the download function as soon as the page is opened.
      Sergeant Richard Hartnett
      Hyattsville City Police Department


      • #4
        Re: Need a little bit of help with creating a data export link.

        I'm not at my computer with Alpha until tomorrow.

        It would actually be easier if this was a UX instead of a grid, because the UX has a javascript function to click a button.

        If no one else chimes in, I'll send you the proper scripts and the proper client side events over the weekend.

        And I'm not sure you would have to manually create the file. You should also be able to setup a recurring event to run a report that will export the file automatically. If you save the file to the same place every time, then you could create a link to that data.

        You should browse the forum for a script to do that - or start a separate thread specifically titled - export excel file once per day automatically. I think that is what you REALLY want to do.


        • #5
          Re: Need a little bit of help with creating a data export link.

          Thanks Larry.

          I agree, that does sound like the better way to go.

          I will start searching the forum for answers.
          Sergeant Richard Hartnett
          Hyattsville City Police Department