Create HTML file from rev app

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Wed Aug 25 04:44:51 EDT 2010

William de Smet wrote:

> It's been a while since my last question but working hard on some apps.
> For my daily job I needed a quick app to create a HTML file. In the
> app I have some fields and in one of them I put a URL (just
> In some hidden fields I put the needed HTML and the all come together
> when I save the file.
> All works fine but when I look at the sourcecode in IE8 or Safari the
> HTML isn't completely correct.
> In a link it misses the quotes (") at the beginning or the end of the URL.
> What I do is this:
> put  "<a href="& "http://"  & fld "link" & "  & target="& _blank &" >"
> & fld "link" &"</a>" &  "<"&"br/"&">"  &  "<"&"br/"&">" after tData

You've discovered why I hate concatenating HTML in xTalks. ;)

I've found it far less tedious to just write the HMTL as I want it in 
the final output and use the merge function to assemble the dynamic parts.

For example, you could have this in a field named "template":

<a href="http://[[fld "link"]]" target="_blank ">[[fld 

...and then just use this to get the assembled output:

put merge(fld "template") into tData

Check out the merge function in the RevTalk dictionary.  It's a 
life-saver for tasks like this (and a good many others).

  Richard Gaskin
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