Typogrify is a collection of Django template filters that help prettify your web typography by preventing ugly quotes and widows and providing CSS hooks to style some special cases.
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typogrify: Django template filters to make web typography easier

This application provides a set of custom filters for the Django template system which automatically apply various transformations to plain text in order to yield typographically-improved HTML.


typogrify is designed to work with Django, and so requires a functioning installation of Django 0.96 or later.


  1. checkout the project into a folder called typogrify on your python path:

    git clone git@github.com:chrisdrackett/django-typogrify.git typogrify

  2. Add 'typogrify' to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.

Included filters


Wraps ampersands in HTML with so they can be styled with CSS. Ampersands are also normalized to &. Requires ampersands to have whitespace or an   on both sides. Will not change any ampersand which has already been wrapped in this fashion.


Wraps multiple capital letters in so they can be styled with CSS.


Wraps initial quotes in for double quotes or for single quotes. Works inside these block elements:

  • h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6
  • p
  • li
  • dt
  • dd

Also accounts for potential opening inline elements: a, em, strong, span, b, i.


  • Straight quotes ( " and ' ) into “curly” quote HTML entities (‘ | ’ | “ | ”)
  • Backticks-style quotes (``like this'') into “curly” quote HTML entities (‘ | ’ | “ | ”)
  • Dashes (“--” and “---”) into n-dash and m-dash entities (– | —)
  • Three consecutive dots (“...”) into an ellipsis entity (…)


Based on Shaun Inman's PHP utility of the same name, replaces the space between the last two words in a string with   to avoid a final line of text with only one word.

Works inside these block elements:

  • h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6
  • p
  • li
  • dt
  • dd

Also accounts for potential closing inline elements: a, em, strong, span, b, i.




wraps number suffix's in so they can be styled.


(uses code from http://djangosnippets.org/snippets/1347/)

Returns the date in a more human readable format:

  • Today
  • Yesterday
  • 4 days ago
  • 3 weeks ago
  • in 3 years
  • etc.


Applies all of the following filters, in order:

  • force_unicode (from django.utils.encoding)
  • amp
  • widont
  • smartypants
  • caps
  • initial_quotes