2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 4, 2014 4:02 PM by Blake Summers

    Tableau support to HTML page reading it from SQL Server 20008 varchar data type

    Avinash Patel

      Hi All,


      I was trying to showcase Text data (Summary) in Tableau dashboard but was not able to exceed 255 character as my datasource was excel, so i used SQL Server 2008 R2, to upload the data into DB and fetch from DB to Tableau 7. I was now getting more than 255 characters.


      But i was not able to Underline my headers or sub headers, use bullets, or underline specific text or use different color in a SAME CELL of tableau sheet.

      i can have only line breaker.


      So, i tried using HTML, modified my summary text to HTML page with formatting and saved it into SQL Server

      1> as XML datatype

      2> as Varchar(max) datatype


      In first case, tableau doesn't even recognize the XML column. so i assume it doesn't support directly.


      In second case, its able to so it as string, and not recognizing string as HTML.


      since there are 18 countries for which i am preparing summary report in Tableau as showcase, the data is huge and i need to use SQL Server.


      Please let me know if there is any other possiblity to achieve text length and formating requirement ??