Facebook goes some way towards making it easy for you to invite groups of friends to an event, but it still requires a mouse click for each person you want to invite. If you have a friend list containing more than a handful of people, this rapidly gets tedious. Don’t worry though! Here’s a way to select the whole list in one go.
The ultimate goal here was filtering of posts based on inclusion (or even better, exclusion) of posts with certain labels. (Read this post first for context.)
[Update: before you think about imitating the following approach, you should know that I gave up with Blogger and switched to WordPress which is far more flexible and easy to hack.]
Unfortunately it turns out that Blogger’s XML-based template layout system is not quite as flexible as it first seems. It’s almost superb, but has some key omissions:
- Flow control is limited to
<b:loop>. Crucially, you can’t break out of a loop.
- No writable variables of any kind.
- Conditional testing via
<b:cond>is extremely limited. I kept expecting to find some comprehensive documentation for the
xmlns:exprnamespace (which is used via things like
<a expr:href='data:blog.homepageUrl + "search/label/foo"'>), but it doesn’t exist, simply because all you can really do is simple comparisons using a limited set of data and hardcoded strings.
- There are no string-handling functions, and you can’t get access to the current
QUERY_STRINGto do any kind of parametrisation (for example, show some HTML saying which label you are currently viewing based on what comes after
/search/label/in the current URL).
- The box generated by the status-message includable is hardcoded to either be invisible or say “Showing label foo. Show all posts”. It cannot be customised.