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Django Tip: get_FIELD_display()

Magic template functions in Django

I'm posting this because it seems rather simple, but it took me a while to find - even with some tips from some helpful people in the #django IRC channel.

Let's say you have a ChoiceField set up like the documents describe:

1class Foo(models.Model):
3 ('M', 'Male'),
4 ('F', 'Female'),
5 )
6 gender = models.CharField(max_length=1, choices=GENDER_CHOICES)

Now, you want to display the gender field in a template. If you use the {{ person.gender }} variable, you would get "M" or "F" to display on your page. But what if you want "Male" or "Female"? Then you would use {{ person.get_gender_display }}.


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