2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 30, 2013 11:06 AM by John Zhu

    Trouble to get filter values in URL Action

    John Zhu

      Jonathan, one month ago you helped me solving an issue at http://community.tableau.com/message/206836#206836.


      Now, I got another issue and here is a simple description (I also attached a sample project): I was trying to add URL action in the dashboard (see "Dashboard -> Action -> MyService" and in the URL I need pass all filters' value to my service. However, I got an error saying "Invalid field expression '[xxxxx]' in URL".


      Would you (or any experts here) help take another look?




        • 1. Re: Trouble to get filter values in URL Action
          Jonathan Drummey

          Hi John,


          The problem is that the browserName is coming from your secondary data source and Tableau won't pass that through to the URL filter. So even though Tableau will let you filter on browserName as a dimension (which is new in v8), the browserName is not truly in the level of detail of the view and isn't available to be passed through as a URL action.


          Looking at your data it doesn't seem like you can bring browserName in to the primary and retain the level of detail (it would come across as an * because there are multiple browserName's for each date & counry, so one option might be to swap the primary and secondary for the Counter view and adjust the calculations appropriately. If that doesn't work, another option would be to build a scaffold source that has enough detail that you can have the level of detail necessary to use in the URL action.



          • 2. Re: Trouble to get filter values in URL Action
            John Zhu

            Jonathan, thanks for the advices. Swap the primary and secondary does not work for me but I'll look for alternatives for my use case.