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django-jstemplate

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A templatetag framework for easier integration of mustache.js, dust.js, handlebars.js, or other JavaScript templates with Django templates. Also will wrap your templates in elements expected for libraries such as ICanHaz.js. Django-jstemplates is extensible, so if your favorite template library is not included, it's easy to add. Inspired by django-icanhaz.

Quick Usage

(Read the full docs on Read the Docs)

Add "jstemplate" to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.

app/jstemplates/main.mustache:

<div>
  <p>This is {{ name }}'s template</p>
</div>

app/templates/main.html:

{% load jstemplate %}

<html>
<head>
  <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.1/jquery.js"></script>
  <script src="{{ STATIC_URL }}libs/mustache-0.3.0.js"></script>
  <script src="{{ STATIC_URL }}libs/django.mustache.js"></script>
</head>

<body>
  <div id="dynamic-area"></div>

  {% mustachejs "main" %}

  <script>
    $(document).ready(function() {

      var $area = $('#dynamic-area')
        , template;

      template = Mustache.template('main');
      $area.html(template.render());

    });
  </script>
</body>
</html>

Rationale

The collision between Django templates' use of {{ and }} as template variable markers and mustache.js' use of same has spawned a variety of solutions. One solution simply replaces [[ and ]] with {{ and }} inside an mustachejs template tag; another makes a valiant attempt to reconstruct verbatim text within a chunk of a Django template after it has already been mangled by the Django template tokenizer.

I prefer to keep my JavaScript templates in separate files in a dedicated directory anyway, to avoid confusion between server-side and client-side templating. So this solution is essentially just an "include" tag that avoids parsing the included file as a Django template.

Enjoy!

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