Send vLookup data in a workflow email

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    • #20731
      Alexander Bautz
      Keymaster

      I got a question from Michel Hayek regarding sending the vLookup table data in a workflow email.

      This is not possible without pulling the data from the vLookup data object and writing it to a multiline text field in your form. This is because the vLookup data only “lives” in the browser, and is not stored in the list item when you save the form.

      To write the data to a multiline field when the form is saved you can use this snippet in your Custom JS. Replace vLookupTasks with the vLookup field name in your form, and Multiline with the multiline field you want to store the data in.

      function dffs_PreSaveAction(){
          write_vLookup_to_multiline("vLookupTasks","Multiline");
          return true;
      }
      
      function write_vLookup_to_multiline(vLookuField,targetField){
          var b = [], val;
          b.push("<table cellpadding='4' cellspacing='0'>");
          // Header row
          b.push("<tr>");
          jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[vLookuField][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].fields,function(fin,disp){
              b.push("<th valign='top'>"+disp+"</th>");
          });
          b.push("</tr>");
          // Body
          jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[vLookuField][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].items,function(i,item){
              b.push("<tr>");
              jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[vLookuField][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].fields,function(fin,disp){
                  val = item[fin] !== null ? item[fin] : "";
                  val = val.split("<").join("<").split(">").join(">");
                  b.push("<td valign='top' style='"+(i%2===1?"background-color:#eaeaea;":"")+"'>"+val+"</td>");
              });
              b.push("</tr>");
          });
          b.push("</table>");
          setFieldValue(targetField,b.join(""));
      }

      Please note that the styling of the table must be done by adding inline style tags to the <tr> or <td> (like I have done to add color to alternating rows). The SharePoint stylesheets will not affect the layout when it is rendered in the email client of the user so you will have to experiment until you find your preferred style.

      Please note that the vLookup table must be made visible in a tab before saving the item for the vLookup dataObj to be available for this script.

      Hope someone finds this useful.

      Alexander

    • #20749
      HYM
      Participant

      Okay, thank you Alexander it worked for me.

    • #26285
      Notrega
      Participant

      I can’t seem to get this to work. I followed the directions and changed vLookupTask with my field name vLookupItem and Multiline with my field name Email_Text, but now it won’t let me save the record at all…

    • #26287
      Notrega
      Participant

      Changed field names and still no go, but here is what I got out of Console View –

    • #26293
      Alexander Bautz
      Keymaster

      The reason is that the vLookup data object is different in NewForm because the list item does not have any ID when it is not yet saved.

      Change the snippet from this:

      jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[vLookuField][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].fields,func...

      to this:

      jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[vLookuField][getFieldValue("_vLookupID")].fields,func...

      Please note that this must be done two places. It replaces spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID with getFieldValue(“_vLookupID”).

      Alexander

    • #26295
      Notrega
      Participant

      You sir are a fricking genius – THANK YOU!!
      Beers on me on payday

    • #26297
      Notrega
      Participant

      Last question – is there way to sort or group the view?

    • #26388
      Alexander Bautz
      Keymaster

      I see – change the snippet like this:

      function dffs_PreSaveAction() {
          write_vLookup_to_multiline({
              "fin": "vLookupTasks", // Name of vLookup column
              "writeTo": "Multiline", // Name of field to write to
              "groupBy": "Status" // Name of field to group by
          });
          return true;
      }
      
      function write_vLookup_to_multiline(arg) {
          var b = [], val, arr = [];
          b.push("<table cellpadding='4' cellspacing='0'>");
          // Header row
          b.push("<tr>");
          jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[arg.fin][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].fields, function (fin, disp) {
              b.push("<th valign='top'>" + disp + "</th>");
          });
          b.push("</tr>");
          // Body - make array of items
          jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[arg.fin][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].items, function (i, item) {
              arr.push(item);
          });
          // Sort by groupBy field
          arr.sort(function (a, b) {
              if (a[arg.groupBy] < b[arg.groupBy]) {
                  return -1;
              }
              if (a[arg.groupBy] > b[arg.groupBy]) {
                  return 1;
              }
              return 0;
          });
          var groupHeaderTracker = {};
          jQuery.each(arr, function (i, item) {
              if (groupHeaderTracker[item[arg.groupBy]] === undefined) {
                  groupHeaderTracker[item[arg.groupBy]] = true;
                  b.push("<tr>");
                  b.push("<td colspan='99' valign='top' style='padding:5px;background-color:#c5c5c5;'>" + item[arg.groupBy] + "</td>");
                  b.push("</tr>");
              }
              b.push("<tr>");
              jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[arg.fin][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].fields, function (fin, disp) {
                  val = item[fin] !== null ? item[fin] : "";
                  val = val.split("<").join("<").split(">").join(">");
                  b.push("<td valign='top' style='" + (i % 2 === 1 ? "background-color:#eaeaea;" : "") + "'>" + val + "</td>");
              });
              b.push("</tr>");
          });
          b.push("</table>");
          setFieldValue(arg.writeTo, b.join(""));
      }

      Alexander

    • #28060
      Notrega
      Participant

      Hey Alex – hope your holiday season is going great.

      We are successfully using the code above in several lists, but are having issues using multiple instances of the code at the same time. Basically we have a list that has 6 vLookups that we want to write them to multiline fields so that we can eventually archive the vLookup records and still maintain a snapshot of the data in the parent record.

      The issue is that we can get them all to work, then some stop working. So we remove 5 and leave one, it works for maybe a few records and then prevents the users from saving the parent record.

      Is there a better way to accomplish what we need or different code we can use?

    • #28062
      Alexander Bautz
      Keymaster

      What kind of error message do you get when the record cannot be saved? – maybe you must hit F12 and select Console to see the error.

      Alexander

    • #28067
      Notrega
      Participant

      No error… We found the vlookup had to be on the active tab. We fixed the no save issue but still need help with the multiple calls.

    • #28070
      Alexander Bautz
      Keymaster

      Hi,
      I’m not 100% sure I understand, but because the vLookup table for each field is only loaded when it is shown in a tab you must check to see if each of your vLookup columns have actually been rendered in this form before you try to save the state.

      Wrap the code for each vLookup like this:

      if(spjs.vLookup.dataObj.YOUR_vLookup_FIELD_NAME !== undefined){
        // Run you code here
      }

      Alexander

    • #28163
      Notrega
      Participant

      So I figured it out… here is how to call multiple vLookups to multiple multi-line fields… I had been duplicating the whole code for each vLookup, but it only needs the information in the first function.

      
      
      function dffs_PreSaveAction() {
          write_vLookup_to_multiline({
              "fin": "vLookupShiftAssignments", // Name of vLookup column #1
              "writeTo": "ShiftAssignments", // Name of field to write to
              "groupBy": "Category_" // Name of field to group by
          });
              write_vLookup_to_multiline({
              "fin": "vLookupSecurityInspection", // Name of vLookup column #2
              "writeTo": "SecurityInspection", // Name of field to write to
              "groupBy": "InspectionComplete" // Name of field to group by
          });
          write_vLookup_to_multiline({
              "fin": "vLookupContrabandInspection", // Name of vLookup column #3
              "writeTo": "ContrabandInspection", // Name of field to write to
              "groupBy": "Mod" // Name of field to group by
          });    
          return true;
      
      }
      
      function write_vLookup_to_multiline(arg) {
          var b = [], val, arr = [];
          b.push("<table cellpadding='4' cellspacing='0' class='vLookupText'>");
          // Header row
          b.push("<tr>");
          jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[arg.fin][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].fields, function (fin, disp) {
              b.push("<th valign='top' class='vLookupTextth'>" + disp + "</th>");
          });
          b.push("</tr>");
          // Body - make array of items
          jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[arg.fin][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].items, function (i, item) {
              arr.push(item);
          });
          // Sort by groupBy field
          arr.sort(function (a, b) {
              if (a[arg.groupBy] < b[arg.groupBy]) {
                  return -1;
              }
              if (a[arg.groupBy] > b[arg.groupBy]) {
                  return 1;
              }
              return 0;
          });
          var groupHeaderTracker = {};
          jQuery.each(arr, function (i, item) {
              if (groupHeaderTracker[item[arg.groupBy]] === undefined) {
                  groupHeaderTracker[item[arg.groupBy]] = true;
                  b.push("<tr>");
                  b.push("<td style='padding:5px; valign:top; border:none;'>" + item[arg.groupBy] + "</td>");
                  b.push("</tr>");
              }
              b.push("<tr>");
              jQuery.each(spjs.vLookup.dataObj[arg.fin][spjs.dffs.data.thisItemID].fields, function (fin, disp) {
                  val = item[fin] !== null ? item[fin] : "";
                  val = val.split("<").join("<").split(">").join(">");
                  b.push("<td valign='top' class='vLookupTexttd' style='" + (i % 2 === 1 ? "background-color:#eaeaea;" : "") + "'>" + val + "</td>");
              });
              b.push("</tr>");
          });
          b.push("</table>");
          setFieldValue(arg.writeTo, b.join(""));
      }
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