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Is there any way in Cognos Report Builder 8.+
to use the results of a query object in an html object.

For example, say I have a query that returns 1 record containing
-Asset Name
-Property Name
-Property State
-Property City

I want to have an HTML object where I can use these results like
<html>
<body>
<h1>ASSET</h1><br />
<p><%=Asset_Name%></p>
<p><%=Property_Name%></p>
<p><%=etc%></p>

</body>
<html>
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Question by:JustinW
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by:SNeupane
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Select HTML item and in the properties under HTML Source, change Source type to 'Report Expression'.
Then you can use one of the data item in that HTML directly.
Just add separate HTML item for each query and format it to look like what you want.
In report expression, you can concatenate characters.
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by:JustinW
ID: 34927296
thanks,

so if I want to do the following; how would I go about doing it?

<html>
   <body>
      <h1>
        [SQL1].[ASSET_MGR]
      </h1>
   </body>  
</html>
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Okay, to make that work, follow the same instructiton I gave before and use single quotes to wrap HTML tags so that Cognos thinks it is a text.
I tested it in Cognos 8 and works fine.
Notice the single quote from '<html to h1>' and also from '</h1 to </html>'
'<html>
   <body>
      <h1>' + [SQL1].[ASSET_MGR]
+ '</h1>
   </body>  
</html>'
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by:JustinW
ID: 34927553
Super dumb question;
the HTML goes in the Expression Definition?

Its not working for me
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by:JustinW
ID: 34927587
Sorry, that's pretty vague;
It throws this error with, or without the HTML
RSV-VAL-0002 Invalid Expression [Query1].[ASSET_MGR]. CRX-API-0005...The variable named '[Query1].[ASSET_MGR]' is invalid
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by:SNeupane
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That's a different error.
Select the page and associate the query with those data items checked.
It'll not give that error after that.
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by:SNeupane
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In order to use a variable or data item directly on a page, you have to associate the query.
Click on the page, go to properties, select page.
Click on query and select the query that you are using on the HTML item.
Then check the data items used and click okay.

To clarify more check the attached image.
variable.JPG
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by:SNeupane
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Not sure if you were able to follow.
The HTML item should have the property of 'HTML Source' --> 'Source Type' set to report expression.
Then you use the single quote method I gave.
Then apply the query in the page as above and you should be all set.
I've tested it and done it before. Works fine.
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by:JustinW
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Perfect!
THanks a tonne!
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by:SNeupane
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You are welcome.
:)
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