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Fixed #3526 -- Added content_type as an alias for mimetype to the Htt…

…pResponse constructor. It's a slightly more accurate name. Based on a patch from Simon Willison. Fully backwards compatible.

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Showing with 21 additions and 5 deletions.
  1. +8 −4 django/http/
  2. +13 −1 docs/request_response.txt
12 django/http/
@@ -212,18 +212,22 @@ class HttpResponse(object):
status_code = 200
- def __init__(self, content='', mimetype=None, status=None):
+ def __init__(self, content='', mimetype=None, status=None,
+ content_type=None):
from django.conf import settings
self._charset = settings.DEFAULT_CHARSET
- if not mimetype:
- mimetype = "%s; charset=%s" % (settings.DEFAULT_CONTENT_TYPE, settings.DEFAULT_CHARSET)
+ if mimetype:
+ content_type = mimetype # For backwards compatibility
+ if not content_type:
+ content_type = "%s; charset=%s" % (settings.DEFAULT_CONTENT_TYPE,
if not isinstance(content, basestring) and hasattr(content, '__iter__'):
self._container = content
self._is_string = False
self._container = [content]
self._is_string = True
- self.headers = {'Content-Type': mimetype}
+ self.headers = {'Content-Type': content_type}
self.cookies = SimpleCookie()
if status:
self.status_code = status
14 docs/request_response.txt
@@ -342,7 +342,7 @@ hard-coded strings. If you use this technique, follow these guidelines:
-``__init__(content='', mimetype=DEFAULT_CONTENT_TYPE)``
+``__init__(content='', mimetype=None, status=200, content_type=DEFAULT_CONTENT_TYPE)``
Instantiates an ``HttpResponse`` object with the given page content (a
string) and MIME type. The ``DEFAULT_CONTENT_TYPE`` is ``'text/html'``.
@@ -350,6 +350,16 @@ Methods
return strings, and those strings will be joined together to form the
content of the response.
+ ``status`` is the `HTTP Status code`_ for the response.
+ **(New in Django development version)** ``content_type`` is an alias for
+ ``mimetype``. Historically, the parameter was only called ``mimetype``,
+ but since this is actually the value included in the HTTP ``Content-Type``
+ header, it can also include the character set encoding, which makes it
+ more than just a MIME type specification. If ``mimetype`` is specifiedi
+ (not None), that value is used. Otherwise, ``content_type`` is used. If
+ neither is given, the ``DEFAULT_CONTENT_TYPE`` setting is used.
``__setitem__(header, value)``
Sets the given header name to the given value. Both ``header`` and
``value`` should be strings.
@@ -396,6 +406,8 @@ Methods
``write(content)``, ``flush()`` and ``tell()``
These methods make an ``HttpResponse`` instance a file-like object.
+.. _HTTP Status code:
HttpResponse subclasses

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