Be strict with your FBML for Facebook notifications

UPDATE: Facebook have completely discontinued support for notifications.

The Facebook platform can be a very restrictive mistress at times.

The documentation for sending notifications states:

“The notification parameter is a very stripped-down set of FBML which allows only tags that result in just text and links.”

But they’re lying – it’s even more restrictive than that. At the time of writing, enclosing any text in <strong> tags will cause it to disappear from the notification! It’s unclear why developers are restricted from emaphisizing the important text in a notification. I mistakenly assumed basic stylings would be possible.

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