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  1. Include the correct memory option in the "ran out of memory" report

    If you hit a memory limit in the I6 compiler, the IDE error page says:

    To get around this, look at the actual output produced by Inform 6 to see which memory setting was broken. For instance, suppose it said:
    The memory setting MAX_PROP_TABLE_SIZE (which is 30000 at present) has been exceeded.
    You then need to amend your Inform 7 source text to take account of this, by adding a sentence like the following:
    Use MAX_PROP_TABLE_SIZE of 50000.

    This is fixed text, rather than naming the memory limit that was actually breached. This confuses everybody the first time they hit…

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    • Make an strict mode option for line endings

      Many users get confused by line endings - when to use periods or semicolons, what punctuation inside a text is allowed to end a line.

      An optional strict mode could be added which would enforce stricter formatting rules, such as:
      every statement must end in a period, and one statement per line
      every line in a rule must end in a semicolon
      at least one blank line before and after every rule
      either begin/end or tabbed blocks, but not both (would have to apply only to the main source file, not extensions)

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      • Add a switch-like syntax to "one of" construction

        When you have a long list of [one of]..[or].. text substitutions, it would make it more readable if you could do something like this:

        say one of:
        -- "The sun is shining."
        -- "It's raining."
        -- "It's windy."
        at random.

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        • Standardize carrying requirements

          As of 6L38, some actions (such as wearing, giving it to, etc.) employ the carrying requirements rule, while others (such as inserting it into, putting it on, etc.) use internal check rules. I suggest standardizing so that every action needing a carried object use the carrying requirements rule for two reasons: one so it is easy to circumvent by unlisting the carrying requirements rule when desired, and second so that the requirements are kept even for "Instead" rules.

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          • Have the compiler notice full stop in text substitutions

            The compiler should add a line break when a text substitution ends with a full stop, commonly with a text of response entry, the same way it would if it was a regular string.

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            • Extend [first time]... to include [subsequently]...

              I am proposing extending the idea mentioned here:

              https://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/751240--adaptive-text-first-time-only

              ...so that instead of displaying text the first time only (which was implemented) OR displaying text NOT the first time (not implemented), we can choose either/or/both. Example (at game start):

              Grubby Cell
              You wake up on the floor of a dirty prison cell.

              > look
              Grubby Cell
              You are standing in a dirty prison cell.

              ...the code for which could be something along the lines of:

              Grubby Cell is a room. "You [first time]wake up on the floor of[subsequently]are standing in[end] a dirty prison cell."

              Using [first time]...[subsequently]...[end] construction would I…

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              • Build in ability to print the name of a kind

                It would be nice to be able to easily say the name of a kind.

                Brady Garvin's extension "Object Kinds.i7x" (see https://github.com/i7/extensions/blob/master/Brady Garvin/Object Kinds.i7x )makes this possible through some I6-level hacking, but it would be nice to have this an official part of the I7 level to make it easy to implement things like:

                say "The junk dealer eyes your offering. 'It's a fine [kind of the noun], but I already have a big pile of those out back.";

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                • (IDE) Have Replay include hyperlink input

                  If using a hyperlink extension (for example, Basic Hyperlinks), the Replay feature only plays back commands that you've typed in at the prompt, not links you've clicked on.

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                  • not assume that the player/player character is male

                    If a default behavior is required, why not implement a singular-they paradigm? This has a history of use in MUDs (and a much longer history of use in the canons of English literature), so I was honestly quite surprised and bewildered to see that Inform 7 not only assumes a male player in the documentation, but also assumes a male player-character in the code itself.

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                    • Make the default phrase option for moving the player to be LookAfterGoing

                      Most often when the player is moved by the source text it is a similar situation to the player going a direction so it should follow the same conventions. As of now even the abbreviated room description phrase option does not have going spacing conventions.

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                      • happened while in the military to try and disaster protection programs

                        The FHA Home Mortgage Loan Program is the most prominent of home loan credit programs for non-veterans and is developing in ubiquity in light of the tight home loan advertise today.

                        They have a percentage of the same points of interest of the VA home loan credits, for example, they are simpler to refinance, more merciful on the FICO assessments to qualify, and surely drop initial installment than standard mortgages. The FHA home loan credit up front installment is right now 3.5 of the price tag of the home.

                        VA Home Mortgage Loan Eligibility Requirements

                        A veteran will need to…

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                        • Increase the ease of using action names (as variables, in tables, in switch-style if blocks)

                          It seems quite painful to try to construct an action from a collection of its parts (actor, action name, noun, second noun). The closest thing is the provided "try X <verb>ing Y <preposition> Z", such as:

                          let new actor be the youngest person in the location;
                          let new noun be a random edible thing;
                          let new second noun be a random animal in the location;
                          try new actor giving new noun to new second noun.

                          However, the usability of this phrase is sharply limited due to difficulties in using an action name variable with it. The "giving" action name must…

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                          • Disable Auto-Save and add a Save Revision option instead of using Save As to save as a new project.

                            Having auto-save enabled all the time is dangerous because temporary source changes designed for testing can become accidentally permanent. Also, using Save As to try to keep different revisions or backups is not very graceful because it save it as an entirely new project, and not just a revision of the same project.

                            I've almost lost an entire project when my computer lost power. The file was still there, and was the right size, but it was entirely blank. I suspect this is because Inform keeps the file permanently open and only writes to it after closing the program or…

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                            • Index of syntax highlighting

                              I can see that adding syntax highlighting in the source essentially would require you to compile the code as you write it and would be difficult to make. But could you put in an index panel that has the source code with the highlighting for objects, regions, verbs, ect.?

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                              • Allow phrase "number of turns <condition>" or "number of times <condition>" to evaluate as a number

                                Although it is currently (6L38) possible to construct rules like:

                                Every turn:
                                if the player has been in Place for exactly one turn:
                                say "1.";
                                If the player has been in Place for exactly two turns:
                                say "2.";
                                If the player has been in Place for exactly three turns:
                                say "3."

                                this is obviously labor-intensive for larger sets of branches based on given values of elapsed time. It would be nice to be able to write something like:

                                Every turn:
                                let n be the number of turns player has been in Place;
                                say "[n]!"

                                and there are several other possible…

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                                • Allow different kinds of value to support homonyms

                                  The compiler currently (6L38) doesn't like situations such as:

                                  Combat experience level is a kind of value. The combat experience levels are green, veteran, and elite.

                                  Color is a kind of value. The colors are red, green, and blue.

                                  This is understandable, but it is much more robust in handling potential name conflicts in other cases via type checking.

                                  It might be possible to allow this if it threw problem messages only when the correct kind of value is not deducible by context, at which point authors could use a construction like "the color green" or "the combat experience level…

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                                  • Allow "<action> involves" tests to use a description of objects instead of a specific object

                                    Currently (6L38), the following type of construction won't work:

                                    A vegetable is a kind of thing.

                                    Instead of doing something when the current action involves a vegetable (this is the PC avoids healthy foods at all costs rule):
                                    say "No. I'll have nothing to do with vegetables."

                                    The compiler complains specifically that a specific object is needed here instead of a description of objects, so this is aparently by design. However, it would dramatically simplify writing rules like the above to have this feature.

                                    At present, the same logical end result can be achieved -- it just requires more laborious…

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                                    • Restore "recording on/off" and "replay" functionality from I6 level

                                      I6 offers the debugging commands "record on" to start recording only player commands to an external file, "record off" to negate "record on", and "replay" to play back a series of commands saved to an external file.

                                      While this is very similar in functionality to the built-in (and generally superior) skein, and the skein offers many features that "replay" did not, this feature is missed when beta-testing a work.

                                      Since saved games are not transferable between compilations of a work, and since interpreters do not provide a skein like the IDE does, playtesters must retype all commands to get back…

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                                      • The indexes are very slow

                                        The HTML indexes are very slow. Some improvements that I've thought of:

                                        1. I think the biggest improvement would be gained by putting all of the scripts together - switching between HTML and JS can slow down some browsers significantly
                                        2. There is a lot of inline CSS. If this could be extracted out into the stylesheets then there wouldn't be a need to parse almost two and a half thousand border=0 or color="#800000"
                                        3. Lots of inline images could be replaced with CSS backgrounds. You would avoid parsing the tags as well as all their attributes.
                                        4. Tables are…

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                                        • Allow constants I7 constants to be linked to I6 constants

                                          Currently you can define constants only for kinds of value in Inform 7. You can define variables and objects with the "translates into I6" syntax, but you can't use that to define them with a I6 constants. Well variables can, but they're not treated as constants in I7, and you can't use them in tables for example. You can't define an object constant by the translates syntax because you'll get an I6 error about using the name twice. It would be useful to be able to bring an I6 constant into I7, especially if it's not limited to kinds of…

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