Opened 9 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#1518 closed enhancement (wontfix)

using different TEMPLATE_FILE_EXTENSION would be nice

Reported by: anonymous Owned by: adrian
Component: Template system Version:
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building a site that partly consists of svg would be easier if the TEMPLATE_FILE_EXTENSION could be set differently. perhaps a parameter to render_to_response() would do, better would be some aproach to set it via urlpatterns.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by SmileyChris

is the latest patch in #500 enough to satisfy this craving?

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by mdt@…

mmh, i don't like the 'check a list of possibilities'-solution. it's error prune and may not always do what i want.

question is: how is the content-type determined? this question also raises if i use other format than html in the templates anyway. as mentioned in the docs i can use cvs, xml whatever. but how do i control the content-type send to the browser?

second thing: i would like to use one view with different templates. perhaps i want to see same content as html, xhtml and svg. driven, say by url. maybe a url matcher looks like this:

urlpatterns = patterns(,

(r'check(?P<TEMPLATE_FILE_EXTENSION>(.html|.xhtml|.svg))$', 'polls.views.check'),


this way you can use


for a rendered page in html or


for the same content rendered in svg. this must neither be the extension in the url nor be always driven by the urlpatterns.

comment:3 Changed 9 years ago by SmileyChris

The patch I submitted for #500 doesn't do a 'check a list', it gives the option of explicitly specifying an extension.

Regarding content-type, you can pass it with an HTTPResponse (see #1504 for a render_to_response request) in your view.

Using one view with different templates isn't really an issue of TEMPLATE_FILE_EXTENSION - you can render whatever you like in your view using your regex value.

comment:4 Changed 9 years ago by anonymous


22 for template_ext in TEMPLATE_FILE_EXTENSIONS:
23 filepath = os.path.join(template_dir, template_name) + template_ext
24 try:
25 return open(filepath).read()
26 except IOError:
27 pass

looks for me like a loop to check if a file exists with a extension from a list. did i misinterpret that?

shure i can pass content-type with HTTPResponse but i would like to have an automatic mapping. probably by extension as other do also (apache, java-webapps, ...) or for example by a tag in the template.

no, you can't render anything you want. it must end in an extension given by TEMPLATE_FILE_EXTENSION. i talk about the template, not the url-path.

i was looking for a deterministic way to have different templates for one view with probably different content-types. i wouldn't like to branch to different templates and set different contenttypes in every view i have. how would you do that today?

comment:5 Changed 9 years ago by SmileyChris

That was JanC's patch, not mine. My one means you don't have to rely on TEMPLATE_FILE_EXTENSION, you just explicitly specify an extension. It has also been discussed to change the template system so that you must specify the extension explicitly. I'm warming to this idea.

I like your idea about setting the content-type based on extension, but that should be a new ticket.

comment:6 Changed 9 years ago by SmileyChris

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

Now that TEMPLATE_FILE_EXTENSION is gone, I doubt this will happen.

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