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template tricks

Testing template rendering

Test the rendering of a template

    def renderTemplate(templatename,*args,**kw):
        '''quick way to test a template'''            
        import template
        if not "." in templatename:
            templatename = templatename + ".tmpl"            
            obj = template.Template(open(templatename).read())
        return obj(*args,**kw)

    print renderTemplate("homepage", now=time.ctime())

If your template takes a dict or a storage, then you can just set global values and let those get passed in:

    username = "User"        
    lastvisit = "yesterday"        
    print renderTemplate("results", store=web.Storage(globals()))

Using the Prototype Javascript library

If you are using a Javascript library, such as Prototype, that binds $ so that it can provide shorthand Javascript functions like $, $A, $F and $H, then you'll need to do a few things to make it work:

  1. Provide additional keyword args, as shown below, in your template function declaration, so that when can pass-through the Prototype dollar-sign syntax.

     $def with (arg1, arg2, ELT="$", F="$F", H="$H", A="$A")

    Note that since $ is special, we are providing $ELT as a replacement Javascript function name.

  2. Leave a space after your usage of $ELT et al. so that will not try to funcall it when it sees the parentheses.

     var cmd = $F ('command');

    $ELT ('result').value = originalRequest.responseText;

    Javascript is fine with the space between the function name and arguments, and if you forget the space, you'll get this error from

     'str' object is not callable
  3. Alternatively if you're only using the $ functions a few times, you can just add a $; before the $ and the templator will render it correctly:

     myElement = $$('elementID');