Opened 15 years ago

Closed 15 years ago

#11799 closed (duplicate)

shortcoming in template language 'if' statement

Reported by: j@… Owned by: nobody
Component: Template system Version: 1.0
Severity: Keywords: if ifequal inefficient
Cc: Triage Stage: Unreviewed
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


Hi there,

I'm pretty new to django so chances are that my remark is way out of line, but it seems there is a shortcoming in the
django template language that forces you to do a lot of extra typing or do really ugly includes.

The basic problem I have is this:

Depending on the contents of a field in an object *and* on a boolean variable passed to the template I have to display an object from an object_list one way or the other.

The only way that I've found to make this work looks like this:

        {% if titleonly %}
            <!-- threads list header -->
            {% ifequal item.itemtype 0 %}
                <!-- threads list header -->
                <h3>{{ item.title }}</h3><hr />
            {% else %}
                <!-- threads list item -->
                {% include "items/item_row.html" %}
            {% endifequal %}
        {% else %}
            {% include "items/item_row.html" %}
        {% endif %}

The include is there to avoid really bad repetition of template code.

Ideally this should have looked like:

        {% ifequal titleonly True and item.itemtype 0 %}
            <h3>{{ item.title }}</h3><hr />
        {% else %}
            {% include "items/item_row.html" %}
        {% endif %}

The include could have been replaced in this example by the actual code to display the item.

Am I doing something wrong or is this 'by design', and if so what is the motivation for crippling the
template language in such a way that tons of special cases have to be worded as statements instead of
providing a good general purpose tool ?

Change History (1)

comment:1 by Karen Tracey, 15 years ago

Resolution: duplicate
Status: newclosed

If what you want is an ifequal tag that supports and/or, that's a dupe of #9447.

For feedback on other approaches, design rationales, etc., django-users would be a better place than trac.

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