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6 - Interface Innovator

Hi everyone

I’m using to facilitate the process of sending email via AWS SES. The small issue though is that the various nodes used in n8n to send email (both generic email node and AWS SES node) don’t seem to play 100% well with the body of the text I link to it, which sits in a lookup column in my airtable table (looking up from a Long, Rich Text enabled column from an another associated table). Basically, my results of sending such text from n8n suggest the AirTable Long Text (Rich or not) via a Lookup is neither sending across plain text or html text, and instead something in-between. Thus is there anyway to convert the Long Text to pure html?

Thank you


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There are multiple issues here:

You can convert a rich text field to html using a markdown to html converter.

Thanks @kuovonne. I’ve changed it to a Rollup (linking to the Long Text field) but am unsure as to what formula I should use. Do you have any suggestions? Any advice would be greatly appreciated :slightly_smiling_face:

The Long Text I am linking can be seen below where I specifically need the bolded URL to be active/live links:


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When changing a text based lookup into a rollup, I usually use ARRAYJOIN(values). On the other hand, this will not solve your problem. As I mentioned in my previous post, calculated fields (lookups, rollups, formulas) strip rich text fields of their formatting. Thus, the act of bringing the rich text field over to the other table removes the bolding and the link. Also, there is no formula that will convert markdown to html.

Here are some options.

  • store your message in a plain text field, in html format, and rollup the html field.
  • add code that will convert markdown to html somewhere in your workflow