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Deriooo
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HTML page break convert to PDF

Hey everyone,

 

Wondering if you could help me please, I have a flow that converts HTML text to PDF and then saves the PDF file to OneDrive.

The html text is sent from PowerApps to flow, this is used for a company delivery ticket, the ticket and design all works correctly. The issue I am having is when multiple tickets are passed from PowerApps, the new ticket is not generating on to a new page, what I am trying to achieve is basically ticket 1 on page 1, ticket 2 on page 2 etc.

I have used the page-break-before and page-break-after in my html, I have also tried break-after, these work correctly in my html document but this does not work when the flow converts to PDF, the page breaks are removed.


I can use <br> on the end of my html to pad out the spacing at the end of the ticket, however this doesn't always work as depending on the data passed to the delivery ticket the height can change.

Does anyone have any experience in getting the page breaks to work when converting to PDF or any work around I can use instead? 

 

I have copied in the html below for reference.

Thanks in advance!


Deri


concat('<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style>
table, th, td {
border: 0.5px solid black;}
.newPageTop {
page-break-before:always;
}
.newPageBottom {
page-break-after:always;
}
p {break-before: always;
}

</style>
</head>
<body><p></p><h3 style= "text-align: center; color:#000080; font-family:tahoma; font-size: 12px;"> <img src="', variables('logoHeader'),'" style="width:350px; height:60px;"> <br> T:  <br> E: 
<br>
W: <br><img src="', variables('logoSocial'),'" style="width:60px; height:20px;"></h3>', items('Apply_to_each'), '<center><img src="', variables('creditLogo'), '" width ="120px" height="30px""></center></td></tr></table>

</body>
</html>')

 

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Hi @Deriooo 

I assume you're using the OneDrive approach to HTML conversion? There lots of CSS / JS and general HTML mark-up which isn't supported.

I ran your HTML through the Encodian 'HTML to PDF' action and the page break worked fine. However, there are some issues with the HTML with unclosed tags (table) and a few other bits, I think you've optimized the CSS for OneDrive conversion, the Encodian action will render as per the HTML rendered within a browser.

HTH

Jay

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manuelstgomes
Community Champion
Community Champion

HI @Deriooo 

 

I don't have much experience in this, but I did some digging and found the following articles:

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Building-Power-Apps/html-page-breaks-does-not-work-using-MS-Flow...

 

Also, I found this:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6235038/pagebreak-in-converting-html-to-doc-and-docx-fromat-php

(Try inserting the style directly in the <br>)

 

Hope this helps you

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Manuel

Hi Manuel,

 

Thanks for your reply and suggestions, apologies for the late reply. 

 

I have tried the suggestions you sent over, unfortunately still not working as expected, so I'm assuming Flow can't support this function at the moment. Thanks for your help on this anyway!

 

Thanks,

 

Deri 

Hi Deri,

Can you please share the complete HTML your sending to conversion? we can't validate the HTML with the contained variables.

Thanks J

Still no way to solved this issue?

 

I need to insert a page break in the html string...haven't found a way to do it...

 

@cholopa This issue was never resolved because the HTML wasn't provided by @Deriooo 

Can you provide some details so we can review?

You would typically included page breaks via a css class:

<div id="pgX" class="page">

.page { page-break-before: always; }

https://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_print_pageba.asp

https://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_print_pagebb.asp

HTH

Jay

Thanks for your quick reply:

 

Your code seems not to work inside html string (don't know if i have to do something else apart for adding your code):

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ujhmxij5ZTWf3EVmaCqkZ-bOyC0-NX0W/view?usp=sharing

 

 

@cholopa 

You can't just add that data to existing HTML mark-up and expect it to work, you need to ensure the HTML is correctly formatted relevant to your HTML mark-up, for example:

 

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
	<head>
		<meta charset="UTF-8">
		<style>
			.page			{ page-break-before: always;}	
		</style>
	</head>
	<body>
		<div>
			<p>Page 1</p>
		</div>
		<div class="page">
			<p>Page 2</p>
		</div>
		<div class="page">
			<p>Page 3</p>
		</div>
	</body>
</html>

 

HTH

Jay

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<head>
    <meta charset=" UTF-8">
            <style type="text/css">
                table,
                th,
                td {
                    border: 0.5px solid black;
                }

                .page {
                    page-break-before: always;
                }
            </style>
            </head>

            <body>
                <div class="page">
                    <h3 style="text-align: center; color:#000080; font-family:tahoma; font-size: 12px;"> <img
                            src="data&colon;image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAA5bO3Z/PHbrgb+oHLfds1FddvTqpYWmnZ+Sj5RKTNSckum1dTVDwH7g0AgEAgEAoFAIBDo/4n/ulw2FWazAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC"
                            style="width:350px; height:60px;"> <br> T: 01443222430 <br> E:
                        info@domain.co.uk<br> W: www.domain.co.uk<br><img
                            src="data&colon;image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoA5UUk4qUCkjWhzPM13TeD3Mju6z6IVnxItJMPUX6UkZ/h7v9SooK0f8HoAqBuPlqNowAAAAASUVORK5CYII="
                            style="width:60px; height:20px;"></h3>

                    <p>
                        <table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                <td><b>Date</b></td>
                                <td><b>Driver </b></td>
                                <td><b>Vehicle </b></td>
                                <td><b>Ticket </b></td>
                            </tr>
                            <tr>
                                <td>03/06/2020 </td>
                                <td></td>
                                <td> </td>
                                <td> #####</td>
                        </table>
                    </p>
                    <p>
                        <table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                <td><b>Customer</b></td>
                                <td><b> PO/No</b></td>
                            </tr>
                            <tr>
                                <td>TEST COMPANY </td>
                                <td>#####</td>

                            </tr>
                        </table>
                    </p>

                    <p>
                        <table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                <td><b>Address</b></td>
                            </tr>
                            <tr>
                                <td>123 STREET <br><br>UNITED KINGDOM </td>

                            </tr>
                        </table>
                    </p>

                    <p>
                        <table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                <td><b>Bulk </b></td>
                                <td><b>Pallet</b></td>
                            </tr>
                            <tr>
                                <td>product 1<br>product 2</td>
                                <td>product 3 </td>

                            </tr>
                        </Table>
                        <Table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                <td><b>Arrival</b></td>
                                <td><b>Finish</b></td>
                                <td><b>Total</b></td>
                            </tr>
                            <tr>
                                <td><br></td>
                                <td><br></td>
                                <td><br></td>
                            </tr>
                        </table>
                    </p>
                    <p>
                        <p style='font-size: 8px'>
                            <i>Company info</i>
                        </p>
                        <Table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                <td><b>Print</b></td>
                                <td><b>Signature</b></td>
                            </tr>
                            <tr>
                                <td><br></td>
                                <td><br></td>
                            </tr>
                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                <td><b>Title</b></td>
                                <td><b>Date</b></td>
                            </tr>
                            <tr>
                                <td><br></td>
                                <td><br></td>
                            </tr>
                        </table>
                    </p>
                    <p style='font-size: 8px'>
                        <i>Note: #######</i>
                    </p>
                    <table style='font-size: 10px; width:500px; height:100px; border:0px;'>
                        <tr>
                            <td height='35px'><i>Head Office
                                    <br> ####### </i></td>
                            <td height='35px'>
                                <center><img
                                        src="data&colon;image/png;base64,iVBAH4K0zdcBVWGzwulc1r0FfQG22Pprqt1Z7KZzB9TzY5HbLcB3QF9+KltuoC+gAiqgAiqgAvpbJmOhm+fRBHW7aQqBTmDmATvNgms7VoH5pcvXcfnKTYK2AFvAfovnd2mR3yQTvAnkFy/d5VF8m2Fu0kInsDOs+Pq1O2YK3qTrAV4LnpoOp0JhrHSv5e4cHVzVNQGv3fjGArpIYC52ADhn3Jx+YpGODmjbMli3E8YJV0AFVEAFVEAF9LdPwP8PUv0UCAup254AAAAASUVORK5CYII="
                                        width="120px" height="30px""></center></td></tr></table>
    </div><div class=" page">
                                    <h3 style="text-align: center; color:#000080; font-family:tahoma; font-size: 12px;">
                                        <img src="data&colon;image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUsuP8r5bO3Z/PHbrgb+oHLfds1FddvTqpYWmnZ+Sj5RKTNSckum1dTVDwH7g0AgEAgEAoFAIBDo/4n/ulw2FWazAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC"
                                            style="width:350px; height:60px;"> <br> T: 01443222430 <br> E:
                                        info@domain.co.uk<br> W: www.domain.co.uk<br><img
                                            src="data&colon;image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAASVsyUK2aMoB5wfxgnpYesKju6z6IVnxItJMPUX6UkZ/h7v9SooK0f8HoAqBuPlqNowAAAAASUVORK5CYII="
                                            style="width:60px; height:20px;"></h3>



                                    <p>
                                        <table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                                <td><b>Date</b></td>
                                                <td><b>Driver</b></td>
                                                <td><b>Vehicle</b></td>
                                                <td><b>Ticket</b></td>
                                            </tr>
                                            <tr>
                                                <td>03/06/2020 </td>
                                                <td></td>
                                                <td> </td>
                                                <td> #####</td>
                                        </table>
                                    </p>
                                    <p>
                                        <table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                                <td><b>Customer</b></td>
                                                <td><b> PO/No</b></td>
                                            </tr>
                                            <tr>
                                                <td>TEST COMPANY 2</td>
                                                <td>#####</td>

                                            </tr>
                                        </table>
                                    </p>

                                    <p>
                                        <table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                                <td><b>Address</b></td>
                                            </tr>
                                            <tr>
                                                <td>1234 STREET<br><br>UNITED KINGDOM</td>

                                            </tr>
                                        </table>
                                    </p>

                                    <p>
                                        <table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                                <td><b>Bulk </b></td>
                                                <td><b>Pallets</b></td>
                                            </tr>
                                            <tr>
                                                <td>PRODUCT 1<br>PRODUCT 2<br>PRODUCT 3</td>
                                                <td> </td>

                                            </tr>
                                        </Table>
                                        <Table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                                <td><b>Arrival </b></td>
                                                <td><b>Finish </b></td>
                                                <td><b>Total</b></td>
                                            </tr>
                                            <tr>
                                                <td><br></td>
                                                <td><br></td>
                                                <td><br></td>
                                            </tr>
                                        </table>
                                    </p>
                                    <p>
                                        <p style='font-size: 8px'>
                                            <i>Company Info</i>
                                        </p>
                                        <Table style='margin: 0px auto; border:0px; width: 500px; align:center'>
                                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                                <td><b>Print</b></td>
                                                <td><b>Signature</b></td>
                                            </tr>
                                            <tr>
                                                <td><br></td>
                                                <td><br></td>
                                            </tr>
                                            <tr style='text-align:center;'>
                                                <td><b>Title</b></td>
                                                <td><b>Date</b></td>
                                            </tr>
                                            <tr>
                                                <td><br></td>
                                                <td><br></td>
                                            </tr>
                                        </table>
                                    </p>
                                    <p style='font-size: 8px'>
                                        <i>Note: ######</i>
                                    </p>
                                    <table style='font-size: 10px; width:500px; height:100px; border:0px;'>
                                        <tr>
                                            <td height='35px'><i>Head Office
                                                    <br> ####### </i></td>
                                            <td height='35px'>
                                                <center><img
                                                        src="data&colon;image/png;base64,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"
                                                        width="120px" height="30px""></center></td></tr></table>
    </div></body>

</html>

Hi @Jay-Encodian 
Apologies in the delay for coming back with the HTML, I couldn't find a solution for this problem so this aspect of the project has been left for some time.

I've copied in the full HTML that is used for conversion, I've had to remove some of the business details and sensitive data but the HTML structure is the same, I've reduced the size of the img src base 64 links also, if you need the full base64 link included then please let me know and I can reinsert this to send over to you.

Whatever way I try the page breaks, whether using before or after with the css style, when the HTML document is converted to PDF the page breaks are not inserted, and the next <div> element is started half way through a page. With the example I've sent above, this HTML is used to create two company tickets for two separate customers, hence why I need these tickets to be created on a new page each time. 

Hi @Deriooo 

I assume you're using the OneDrive approach to HTML conversion? There lots of CSS / JS and general HTML mark-up which isn't supported.

I ran your HTML through the Encodian 'HTML to PDF' action and the page break worked fine. However, there are some issues with the HTML with unclosed tags (table) and a few other bits, I think you've optimized the CSS for OneDrive conversion, the Encodian action will render as per the HTML rendered within a browser.

HTH

Jay

Hi @Jay-Encodian 


Yes we are using the built in OneDrive solution for conversion, I thought after some time trying different things that it may be the case OneDrive doesn't support this, we've come across issues before with PDF conversion in OneDrive.

 

Thanks for the help on this and pointing out some issues with the HTML. 

 

I think our only option will be to look at your Encodian package going forward, it seems to handle the PDF conversion a lot smoother. 

 

Thanks 

Deri

Hi @Deriooo 

It's unfortunate, it may improve in future and vendors such as Encodian will focus on plugging other gaps in PA capability.

If you need any help with the HTML let me know

HTH

Jay

A workaround exists to generate a PDF with more than one pages by using CSS and the OneDrive connector: https://www.inspiribytes.com/power-automate/generate-multiple-pages-pdf-in-power-automate/

Encapsulate each page with DIVs.  Example:

<div id="page1" style = "height:770px; width: 535px">

Page 1

</div>

<div id="page2" style = "height:770px; width: 535px">

Page 2

 

This is how I solve the page break issue.  Hope this helps.

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