This article is for those who don’t read the documentation, and I, who had the Dash app for a few months now, which I never tinkered until last night.

During my first day on my internship a couple of months back, I was tasked to work on the scaffold of the company on which I was overwhelmed with the tags on it and never really bothered to research them.

Some of these are taken from the scaffold, some not.

Side note: There are spaces on the template tag because I have not figured out how to make the tags work on this site.

1.) for…empty

  • The for tag can take an optional {% empty %} clause whose text is displayed if the given array is empty or could not be found:
{ % for student in student_list % }
    ...
{ % empty % }
    ...
{ % endfor % }

Which is also equivalent to:

  { % if student_list % }
    { % for student in student_list % }
      ...
    { % endfor % }
  { % else % }
    ...
  { % endif % }

2.) lorem

  • No, you don’t need any other packages nor copy/paste a lorem text. This tag displays random “lorem ipsum” Latin text. This is useful for providing sample data in templates. Unless, of course, you don’t.
{ % lorem [count] [method] [random] % }

e.g.

- { % lorem % } will output the common “lorem ipsum” paragraph.
- { % lorem 3 p % } will output the common “lorem ipsum” paragraph and two random paragraphs each wrapped in HTML 

tags. - { % lorem 2 w random % } will output two random Latin words. </pre> ## 3.) now - Displays the current date and/or time, using a format according to the given string. Such string can contain format specifiers characters as described in the date filter section.

{ % now "jS F Y" % }
## 4.) resetcycle - Resets a previous cycle so that it restarts from its first item at its next encounter. Without arguments, ```{% resetcycle %}``` will reset the last ```{% cycle %}``` defined in the template.
{ % for coach in coach_list % }
      { { coach.name } }
    { % for athlete in coach.athlete_set.all % }
        

{ { athlete.name } }

{ % endfor % } { % resetcycle % } { % endfor % }
This example would return this HTML:

José Mourinho

Thibaut Courtois

John Terry

Eden Hazard

Carlo Ancelotti

Manuel Neuer

Thomas Müller

## 5.) verbatim - Stops the template engine from rendering the contents of this block tag. - A common use is to allow a JavaScript template layer that collides with Django’s syntax. For example:
{ % verbatim % }
    { {if dying} }Still alive.{ {/if} }
{ % endverbatim % }
- You can also designate a specific closing tag, allowing the use of { % endverbatim % } as part of the unrendered contents:
{ % verbatim myblock % }
    Avoid template rendering via the { % verbatim % }{ % endverbatim % } block.
{ % endverbatim myblock % }
## 6.) widthratio - For creating bar charts and such, this tag calculates the ratio of a given value to a maximum value, and then applies that ratio to a constant.
Imagine an image here
- If this_value is 175, max_value is 200, and max_width is 100, the image in the above example will be 88 pixels wide (because 175/200 = .875; .875 * 100 = 87.5 which is rounded up to 88). - In some cases, you might want to capture the result of the width ratio in a variable. It can be useful, for instance, in a blocktrans like this:
{ % widthratio this_value max_value max_width as width % }
{ % blocktrans % }The width is: { { width } }{ % endblocktrans % }
Final side note: There are spaces on the template tag because I have not figured out how to make the tags work on this site. Buy Me A Coffee *[This post is also available on DEV.](https://dev.to/highcenburg/django-template-tags-not-often-used-in-tutorials-3gp5)*