A Django module to use the template system of the University of Cambridge: Project light

pip install django-ucamprojectlight==1.2.1



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This app allows you to include the University of Cambridge's Project Light theme to your Django apps in a very easy way.


Yo only need to add to your this application.


Create a template that extends ucamprojectlight.html and customize it using the corresponding blocks.

You can create a global template for your project with common customizations to all your other templates. Therefore you will only need to extend from this global common template instead of writing all the customizations in each template.

It is worth to mention that even if you create a global customized template and extend this template in all your other templates, you still can modify the blocks that you modified in your global template in all the temples that extend the global one.

{% extends 'ucamprojectlight.html' %}

Customization using blocks

  • campl_block_head: This block rewrites the whole head tag of the template.
  • head_title: The full name of the site that will be shown in the browser toolbar.
  • additional_head: This block is reserverd to load extra css or js in case you are using extensions to the base Project Light app template.
  • app_head: If your application is using their own javascript and stylesheets, load them using this block.
  • campl_page_header: This block rewrites the whole page header of the template.
  • all_breadcrumbs: This block rewrites the whole breadcrumb section in case you do not want to include it in your app.
  • static_breadcrumbs: This block includes the fixed breadcrumbs of your application (those that will be always shown independent from the page/view). The default is:
    <a href="">University of Cambridge</a>
    <a href="">My Django app</a>
  • site_name: The full name of the site to show it in the header of the page.
  • search_bar: Overwrite this block in case you do not want a search box in your app.
  • search_action: action propierty of the form tag of the search box. Shown inside search_bar block.
  • campl_tabs_header: Overwrite this block in case that your app does not use tabs neither have a subtitle in the page header.
  • subtitle_div: Overwrite this block in case you do not want to show a subtitle in the header. The subtitle is only shown if the campl_tabs_header has not been overwritten.
  • subtitle: A subtitle to be shown below the site_name in the page header. Shown inside subtitle_div block.
  • tabs: Overwrite this block in case that your app does not use tabs.
  • page_content: In this block the page content should be written if you do not want to use the contant_column blocks.
  • content_column_1..content_column_12: Project light is responsive and uses a 12 columns grid system (like twitter bootstrap). The django-ucamprojectlight offers 12 blocks in case you want to use up to 12 different columns. If you just want to use n columns because columns are wider than 1 unit, you can use the n blocks wanted.
  • local_footer: This block rewrites the whole page footer. Half of the footer is ocuppied by the variable blurb, the other half is divided into two, footer1 and footer2.
  • blurb: The text shown in the footer. It uses the first half of the width of the footer.
  • footer1: Usually used for the Help link.
  • footer2: Usually used for the Privacy & cookie policy link.
  • global_footer: This block contains the whole global footer.
  • campl_foot_js: A section a the end of the body tag to load lazy javascript files.


The default template include breadcrumbs to help with the navigation in the page. Application-specific breadcrumbs are handled by a dictionary variable "breadcrumbs" passed to the template like:

    breadcrumbs = {}
    breadcrumbs[0] = dict(name='Page of my cool app', url='')
    breadcrumbs[1] = dict(name='Subpage of my cool app', url='')
    return render_to_response('ucamprojectlight.html', {'breadcrumbs':breadcrumbs, ...})


If your Project Light page uses tabs as part of its subheading (like the "search" page) define them in a python file, along with their destinations, and then add this python file to TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS in your

def tabs(request):
    tabs = {}
    tabs[0] = dict(name="Main",url='index')
    tabs[1] = dict(name="Example",url='example')
    tabs[2] = dict(name="Test",url='test')
    return {'tabs': tabs}
TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS = TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS + ('myapp.ucamprojectlight_context_processors.tabs',)


To get a Project Light style pagination control, include this in your page:

{% include ucamprojectlight-pagination.html %}

This uses the standard Django pagination context variables added by MultipleObjectMixin, so that you can turn it on in a ListView by just adding a paginate_by variable to your view class.


If you want Django messages to appear in your application, include this at the point in your page where you want them to appear:

{% include ucamprojectlight-messages.html %}

They will appear as standard Project Light notifications.