Variables do not expand before calculating
Your variables may be missing an = sign at the beginning.
The proposed action depends on where and how you are using the variable.
Scenario 1: Variable is being used in Qlik NPrinting Designer
Qlik NPrinting, Qlik Sense, and QlikView treat variables the same way when used without a dollar-sign expansion. Therefore, if you need to use the evaluated result of the variable, there must be an = sign at the start of the variable definition. If the variable does not appear in a Scenario 2 case, you can modify its definition accordingly. This is valid for:
- Dynamic naming
- Variables in email
- Qlik NPrinting Designer variables
Scenario 2: Variable is used in a dollar-sign expansion in Qlik Sense or QlikView
Dollar-sign expansion works by inserting the evaluated value of a variable as-is, in place of the full dollar-sign expansion . The value of a variable is the interpreted string inserted in the definition. It could be:
- a string of text
- a number (if the text is compatible with a number format)
- a date (if it is a date)
- the evaluated result of an expression, if it begins with =.
This means that an expression inserted in a variable definition, that does not begin with an equal sign, is in fact text.
If the variable is used within a dollar-sign expansion in Qlik Sense or QlikView, then you cannot change its definition. This would change the way the dollar-sign expansion works: it would insert the evaluated value instead of the text. In this case, you must create a second, identical variable with the same formula, but a different name. Use this new variable as you would in Scenario 1.
- VarApp1: where sum(sales) is the variable definition. This is the original variable, and remains unchanged.
- VarApp1b: where =sum(sales) is the variable definition. This new variable can be used in Qlik NPrinting in the cases described in Scenario 1.
If you do not want to define a new variable, but you need to use it in Qlik NPrinting Designer, you can use a formula to expand the variable as you would do in Qlik Sense or QlikView. For example =$(VarApp1).
Scenario 3: Variable has a condition applied to it
If you applied a condition to a variable, and the variable does not calculate, the issue could be with the condition. Add the variable to a report without the condition, and run the publish task.
In the produced report you will see what value is being extracted. You can quickly verify if the variable resolves to a string or if a value is in fact being calculated.