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simon66
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Power Automate Create HTML Table - rows staggered against colums?

I'm after some help - 

I have an array that I am converting to a HTML table:

simon66_1-1694151551862.png

The issue is that the values are staggered across the rows -instead of ending up with one row I end up with three rows:

simon66_0-1694151430971.png

Appreciate any advice on where I might be going wrong.

Thanks

Simon

 

Thanks

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ManishSolanki
Super User
Super User

Hi Simon,

 

Pls share the output of array variable which is the input of "Create html table". The array should be like this:

[
{
"Program Name":"Prg1"
},
{
"Program Name":"Prg2"
},
{
"Program Name":"Prg3"
}
]

 

If this helps & solves your problem, please remember to give a 👍 and accept my solution as it will help others in the future.

 

Thanks

Thanks
Manish Solanki
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Hi Manish - 

Array looks like:

 

[
  {
    "Program Name": "Galambany"
  },
  {
    "Program Risk": "This event leads to that consequnce"
  },
  {
    "Program Issue": "Example issue number one"
  }
]
 
Thanks 
Simon
ManishSolanki
Super User
Super User

Hi Simon,

 

Pls modify the flow to get the values in the array variable in the following format:

[
{
"Program Name":"Galambany",
"Program Risk":"This event leads to that consequnce",
"Program Issue":"Example issue number one"
}
]

When you pass this array to "Create HTML table" you will get a row with multiple columns.

 

If this helps & solves your problem, please remember to give a 👍 and accept my solution as it will help others in the future.

 

Thanks

Thanks
Manish Solanki
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Thanks Manish - this problem is that there will be multiple risks and issues for each program - so my flow is looping over risks (and adding to the array) then looping over issues and adding to the array for each issue - putting it in the one bracket as per you solution results in the program name being repeated... any thoughts on this scenario?

Simon

 

Hi @simon66 

 

Could you pls share the screenshot(s) of the loops in edit mode? Let me have a look.

 

Thanks

Thanks
Manish Solanki
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simon66
Frequent Visitor

simon66_0-1694498736354.png

Thanks Manish - appreciate your help with this...

 

Hi @simon66 

 

Thanks for sharing the screenshots. I have prepared a sample flow for you that will help you in designing the required flow.

 

Here, I have set up one to many relationship (using lookup column) between Program Risk and Program Issue tables or entities.

1. Firstly, initialize an array variable 'ProgramIssues' that holds required objects:

ManishSolanki_0-1694506711152.png

 

2. Next, get the records from 'Program Risk' table using "List rows" action:

ManishSolanki_1-1694506775967.png

 

3. Now, iterate program risk records and using another "List rows" action get the issues for each risk. We will use filter rows parameter to filter out the required issues for a risk:

ManishSolanki_2-1694506948923.png

_crc76_programrisk_value eq '@{items('Apply_to_each')?['crc76_programriskid']}'

Pls use the logical name of the column in the above expression to compare with the unique identifier of parent row. The pattern should be like _<col logical name>_value:

ManishSolanki_4-1694507172077.png

 

4. Add another "Apply to each" action for iterating the issue records and collect all required fields in the array variable using "Append to variable" action:

ManishSolanki_5-1694507303577.png

 

5. Finally, pass the variable to "Create html table" action to get the desired table:

ManishSolanki_7-1694507441126.png

 

 

Output obtained after flow execution:

ManishSolanki_6-1694507421821.png

I hope this will give you some idea to modify your flow to get the desired output.

 

If this helps & solves your problem, please remember to give a 👍 and accept my solution as it will help others in the future.

 

Thanks

 

 

 

Thanks
Manish Solanki
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Chriddle
Super User
Super User

You can solve that with without any loops by using xPath:

 

Chriddle_1-1694514400645.png

 

To make things easier for me, I skip the Get items and save the data in 2 Compose actions:

Risks:

 

Spoiler
[
  {
    "Name": "PN0",
    "Issue": "PR0"
  },
  {
    "Name": "PN1",
    "Issue": "PR1"
  },
  {
    "Name": "PN1",
    "Issue": "PR10"
  },
  {
    "Name": "PN1",
    "Issue": "PR11"
  },
  {
    "Name": "PN2",
    "Issue": "PR2"
  },
  {
    "Name": "PN3",
    "Issue": "PI3"
  }
]

Issues:

 

 

Spoiler
[
	{
		"Name": "PN0",
		"Issue": "PI0"
	},
	{
		"Name": "PN1",
		"Issue": "PI1"
	},
	{
		"Name": "PN2",
		"Issue": "PI2"
	},
	{
		"Name": "PN3",
		"Issue": "PI3"
	},
	{
		"Name": "PN3",
		"Issue": "PI30"
	},
	{
		"Name": "PN4",
		"Issue": "PI4"
	}
]

 

The Select action takes all names from Risks and Issues

union(
	xpath(
		xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Risks'),'}}'))),
		'//Name/text()'
	),
	xpath(
		xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Issues'),'}}'))),
		'//Name/text()'
	)
)

and maps this as following:

Name:

item()

Risks:

join(
	xpath(
		xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Risks'),'}}'))),
		concat('//name[Name="', item(), '"]/Issue/text()')
	),
	decodeUriComponent('%0A')
)

Issues:

join(
	xpath(
		xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Issues'),'}}'))),
		concat('//name[Name="', item(), '"]/Issue/text()')
	),
	decodeUriComponent('%0A')
)

Since there are multiple risks and issues per name, they are joined with a line break.

 

The Create HTML table simply takes the body of the Select:

@{body('Select')}

 

The final table looks a bit awkward, but you can fix this with some styles (but this is another topic 😉)

Chriddle_0-1694514241197.png

 

Thanks for the input - when I try to use:

 

{
item(),
union(
xpath(
xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Risks'),'}}'))),
'//Name/text()'
),
xpath(
xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Risk'),'}}'))),
'//Name/text()'
)
),
join(
xpath(
xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Issues'),'}}'))),
concat('//name[Name="', item(), '"]/Issue/text()')
),
decodeUriComponent('%0A')
)
}

 

I am getting an invalid json error - appreciate any advice on where I might be going wrong with this approach.

 

Cheers, 

 

Simon

 

You must not use a single JSON. Each code block in my proposal is a seperated expression.

Pls check the screenshot where to place them.

Thanks - next hurdle - my union statement is:

union(
xpath(
xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Risks'),'}}'))),
'//Name/text()'
),
xpath(
xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Issues'),'}}'))),
'//Name/text()'
),
xpath(
xml(json(concat('{"root":{"name":',outputs('Decisions'),'}}'))),
'//Name/text()'
)
)

and I'm getting "Correct to include a valid reference to 'Risks' for the input parameter(s) of action 'Select'."

apologies for the basic questions - but what am I missing here?

 

Chriddle
Super User
Super User

In my flow outputs('Risks') is trhe Compose action that stores the risk data.

The error message states, that you don't have that.

I assume that your data is collected through other actions.

Therefore, it would be easier if you add a screenshot of your flow.

 

Also, you've already expanded my flow (with outputs("Decisions")) without perhaps fully understanding what it does.

Maybe it's easier to get my flow working first and improve it afterwards.

arindam40
Helper III
Helper III

Hi Team,

I have the exact same issue like Simon66.

My Flow is based on a Group based licensing, where it takes Excel input & add or remove users from an Office 365 group, to provide license, filtering out, with conditions that user might already exist or removed or user could be in disabled state or does not exists. All together I have 6 Array variables, which captures user names at different conditions and appending these arrays after each loop. My logic works great & I am able to produce the data that I need. Problem starts from here.

I have joined all these Array variables using union(...) function & also created a filter array with condition where the dynamic columns of the Array does not contain conditioning.

From here, if I use the same output for an HTML table, I get same data like Simon66. 

Data is all good, capturing the right values, but does not start from row one of each column. As if its waiting for the first column to finish writing data & then moves to the next column, starting from same row. I am attaching the screenshots. Any help or suggestions will be great.

 

Thanks

Arindam

 

Variables1.JPG

compose.JPG

filter.JPG

table.JPG

tab2 (1).JPG

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