Templatetag not working in Django 4.2 template IF condition

I have a Django 4.2 project. For an extra Templatetag I created this simple_tag.

def user_help(context):
    # True if HELP is ON for user
    u = context['request'].user

    if u.needs_help:
        return True
        return False

In the HTML template, I try to catch that Tag in an IF statement, to display help to the user, if needed, like this:

<p>{% user_help %}</p>
{% if user_help %}
<h2>Some help text</h2>
{% endif %}

Although the p-statement shows True in the rendered template, the If condition part of the template is not shown…?

What am I getting wrong here?

>Solution :

Django templates have a distinction between variable names and template tags, so you can not just use a template tag in an if condition. You need to store it in a helper variable:

<p>{% user_help as uh %}{{ uh }}</p>
{% if uh %}
  <h2>Some help text</h2>
{% endif %}

That being said, I don’t really see why you need a template tag for this, this is equivalent to:

<p>{{ user.needs_help }}</p>
{% if user.needs_help %}
  <h2>Some help text</h2>
{% endif %}

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