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Authors:Neil Roberts

The Django Template Language (DTL) uses a system of templates that can be compiled once and rendered indefinitely afterward. Templates consist of simple tags and filters.

Dojo’s implementation of DTL matches Django 0.9, as outlined in Features from more recent releases of Django are currently being added. Along with the standard tags and filters, some new ones have been added that leverage the additional capabilities of the browser.

Within Django, DTL is intended to only handle text. Dojo’s implementation is able to handle HTML which gets parsed to DOM instructions in addition to text. Actually, the text and DOM portions of dojox.dtl are two separate layers. The DOM layer sits on top of the text layer (base). It’s been implemented in such a way that you have little to fear when moving your code from Django to dojox.dtl. Your existing templates should work, and will benefit from the massive performance gain of being able to manipulate the DOM, rather than having to do clunky innerHTML swaps you would have to do with a text-only system. It also allows for new DOM-centric capabilities.

<script type="text/javascript">
<div dojoType="dojox.dtl.Inline" id="inline" context="{items: ['apple', 'banana', 'orange']}">
    {% for item in items %}
      <li>{{ item }}</li>
    {% endfor %}