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mkrange - create a range() inside a template

Author:
wolever
Posted:
February 14, 2010
Language:
Python
Version:
1.1
Tags:
templatetag range
Score:
0 (after 0 ratings)
Accepts the same arguments as the 'range' builtin and creates
a list containing the result of 'range'.

Syntax:
    {% mkrange [start,] stop[, step] as context_name %}

For example:
    {% mkrange 5 10 2 as some_range %}
    {% for i in some_range %}
      {{ i }}: Something I want to repeat\n
    {% endfor %}

Produces:
    5: Something I want to repeat 
    7: Something I want to repeat 
    9: Something I want to repeat
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# based on: http://www.djangosnippets.org/snippets/779/
from django.template import Library, Node, TemplateSyntaxError

register = Library()

class RangeNode(Node):
    def __init__(self, range_args, context_name):
        self.range_args = range_args
        self.context_name = context_name

    def render(self, context):
        context[self.context_name] = range(*self.range_args)
        return ""
        
@register.tag
def mkrange(parser, token):
    """
    Accepts the same arguments as the 'range' builtin and creates
    a list containing the result of 'range'.
    
    Syntax:
        {% mkrange [start,] stop[, step] as context_name %}

    For example:
        {% mkrange 5 10 2 as some_range %}
        {% for i in some_range %}
          {{ i }}: Something I want to repeat\n
        {% endfor %}
    
    Produces:
        5: Something I want to repeat 
        7: Something I want to repeat 
        9: Something I want to repeat 
    """

    tokens = token.split_contents()
    fnctl = tokens.pop(0)

    def error():
        raise TemplateSyntaxError, "%s accepts the syntax: {%% %s [start,] " +\
                "stop[, step] as context_name %%}, where 'start', 'stop' " +\
                "and 'step' must all be integers." %(fnctl, fnctl)

    range_args = []
    while True:
        if len(tokens) < 2:
            error()

        token = tokens.pop(0)

        if token == "as":
            break

        if not token.isdigit():
            error()
        range_args.append(int(token))
    
    if len(tokens) != 1:
        error()

    context_name = tokens.pop()

    return RangeNode(range_args, context_name)

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Comments

berserkpi (on August 14, 2010):

Hi wolever, thanks for this snippet I think this should be a built-in.

I'm trying to create a range but using template variables instead of number literals, but it fails parsing the expression.

"TypeError - not all arguments converted during string formatting"

Does mkrange just support number literals? or am I doing something wrong?

Thanks a lot.

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