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Posted on 2015-01-13
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We currently use send_dbmail to remind users of upcoming seminars or webcasts that they have registered for, replacing variables in an HTML document with information from database ie: date, time, description etc etc.


Is it possible to define a scrolling region in an HTML document and then insert a variable number of records into the template?

I'd love to see an example of the SQL if it is possible.
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by:ste5an
ID: 40546652
Yes, it's possible.

But does it makes sense? No, cause the different e-mail readers interpret different subsets of HTML/CSS. So you may to get it work in one client, but not the other.
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by:Jeff_Kingston
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I'll accept that, but what would you suggest as a method ti insert a variable number of lines?
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Use a table and FOR XML. E.g.  

DECLARE @Template NVARCHAR(MAX) = N'
<html>
	<body>
		<table>						
			<!-- CONTENT -->
		</table>
	</body>
</html>
';

-- Constants.
DECLARE @CONTENT_TAG NVARCHAR(255) = N'<!-- CONTENT -->';
DECLARE @LINE_BREAK NVARCHAR(255) = N'<br />';
DECLARE @PROFILE_NAME NVARCHAR(255) = N'ProfileName';
DECLARE @SUBJECT NVARCHAR(255) = 'Subject';

-- Variables.
DECLARE @Body NVARCHAR(MAX) = '';    
DECLARE @Recipients NVARCHAR(MAX) = 'here@it.goes';
	
WITH    Data
          AS ( SELECT   T.name ,
                        T.type_desc ,
                        T.create_date
               FROM     sys.tables T
             )
    SELECT  @Body += ( SELECT   D.name AS td ,
                                NULL ,
                                type_desc AS td ,
                                NULL ,
                                D.create_date AS td
                       FROM     Data D
                       ORDER BY D.create_date
					   FOR XML PATH('tr') , ROOT('tbody')
                     );
		     
SET @Body = REPLACE(@Template, @CONTENT_TAG, @Body);		

EXECUTE msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail @profile_name = @PROFILE_NAME, @recipients = @Recipients, @body = @Body, @subject = @SUBJECT, @body_format = 'HTML';

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by:Jeff_Kingston
ID: 40547418
This seems to do what I want.  Appreciate the quick reply and the sample code that I'm sure will require
a tweak or two
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