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  • #16
    Re: Email draft problem

    I tried it while trouble shooting, that's why I suspect that the limitation has to do with the Lookup().
    There must be a way (that I am not ware of) to insert in the body of the template the entire text from the Announcement table.

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    • #17
      Re: Email draft problem

      Originally posted by gaby_h View Post
      I tried it while trouble shooting, that's why I suspect that the limitation has to do with the Lookup().
      There must be a way (that I am not ware of) to insert in the body of the template the entire text from the Announcement table.
      Gaby, the lookup() function has the following limitation from the help file:

      Lookup_Value
      If this is character data, it can be a maximum of 1023 characters long. To return longer strings, use TABLE.EXTERNAL_RECORD_CONTENT_GET().
      Jim Coltz
      Alpha Custom Database Solutions, LLC
      A5CustomSolutions.com
      [email protected]

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      • #18
        Re: Email draft problem

        Hi Jim:
        I did try TABLE.EXTERNAL_RECORD_CONTENT_GET() although it was specified in the help file that it handled txt only; got error message (variable type mismatch).

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        • #19
          Re: Email draft problem

          Originally posted by gaby_h View Post
          Hi Jim:
          I did try TABLE.EXTERNAL_RECORD_CONTENT_GET() although it was specified in the help file that it handled txt only; got error message (variable type mismatch).
          So where is the code that gives the error?

          If you post it someone can fix what you've missed..
          Al Buchholz
          Bookwood Systems, LTD
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          Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
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          When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
          "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
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          • #20
            Re: Email draft problem

            The expression is:
            TABLE.EXTERNAL_RECORD_CONTENT_GET("Annoucement", "sometext", "", "recno()=1") - I can't post a sample because A5 just won't save it the expression.
            In the sample I have attached in my initial post above try to replace the Lookup() expression with the Table.External_ expression. In the expression builder A5 accepts it as correct but when you try to save, it returns a variable type mismatch error and won't save it.
            My objective is to display in the template the formatted text as it appears in the annoucementForm.

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            • #21
              Re: Email draft problem

              Saves fine here in V8.
              There can be only one.

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              • #22
                Re: Email draft problem

                Originally posted by gaby_h View Post
                The expression is:
                TABLE.EXTERNAL_RECORD_CONTENT_GET("Annoucement", "sometext", "", "recno()=1") - I can't post a sample because A5 just won't save it the expression.
                In the sample I have attached in my initial post above try to replace the Lookup() expression with the Table.External_ expression. In the expression builder A5 accepts it as correct but when you try to save, it returns a variable type mismatch error and won't save it.
                My objective is to display in the template the formatted text as it appears in the annoucementForm.
                I've had better luck saving a template to a file and then editing the file externally. After that it can be saved in the Alpha library.

                Here is the text file with the function in it and it works the same in v9 and v10.

                Put this in your database directory and then read it as a email file template from the email dialog. It previewed all of the text for me.. You can then save it in the Alpha library...
                Al Buchholz
                Bookwood Systems, LTD
                Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

                Occam's Razor - KISS
                Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
                Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
                When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
                "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
                Albert Einstein

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                • #23
                  Re: Email draft problem

                  Code:
                  TABLE.EXTERNAL_RECORD_CONTENT_GET("Annoucement", "sometext", "", "recno()=1")
                  seems to be working for me showing the entire message in the preview.
                  Mike W
                  __________________________
                  "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"

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                  • #24
                    Re: Email draft problem

                    Gaby

                    Works in v10 full release also

                    See screenshot

                    Tom Baker

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                    • #25
                      Re: Email draft problem

                      I'm finally out of the hole, thanks guys. All this time I was using the Insert Mail Merge Expression button to compose the expression and A5 would just not take it. I then wrote the expression directly in the body of the template and included it in the dble chevrons ( <<....>>), and it worked. I need some Tylenol...

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