Djiggit is build on the Django unicode branch and yet it require non-obvious solutions to everyday tasks.

Imagine you’re trying to present a (cyrillic) tag in url-ready form. Usually this is solved by

{{ tagname|urlencode }}

But when the ‘tagname’ contains non-ascii symbols, urlencode barfs:

KeyError at /
u'\u0420'
Request Method:     GET
Request URL:    http://localhost:8088/
Exception Type:     KeyError
Exception Value:    u'\u0420'
Exception Location:     /usr/lib/python2.4/urllib.py in quote, line 1117
Template error

My current (temporary) solution is to encode this manually, in python:

urllib.quote(tagname.encode('utf8')

But this is not DRY and makes me think there’s a better way.

Perhaps it’s time to add a custom filter and push it into django codeline.