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[1.5.x] Fixed #20962 -- Documented that template tag render() may rai…

…se exceptions.

Thanks Keryn Knight for the report.

Backport of e077224 from master
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@@ -236,6 +236,7 @@ answer newbie questions, and generally made Django that much better:
Janos Guljas
Thomas Güttler <>
Horst Gutmann <>
+ Bouke Haarsma <>
Antti Haapala <>
Scot Hacker <>
dAniel hAhler
@@ -495,8 +495,12 @@ Notes:
* The ``render()`` method is where the work actually happens.
-* ``render()`` should never raise ``TemplateSyntaxError`` or any other
- exception. It should fail silently, just as template filters should.
+* ``render()`` should generally fail silently, particularly in a production
+ environment where :setting:`DEBUG` and :setting:`TEMPLATE_DEBUG` are
+ ``False``. In some cases however, particularly if :setting:`TEMPLATE_DEBUG` is
+ ``True``, this method may raise an exception to make debugging easier. For
+ example, several core tags raise ``django.template.TemplateSyntaxError``
+ if they receive the wrong number or type of arguments.
Ultimately, this decoupling of compilation and rendering results in an
efficient template system, because a template can render multiple contexts

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