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  1. Provide a way to either delete od or unwanted projects from the history list or edit the history list.

    In an attempt to find the history file that is created by Inform to store the projects history, I now have a dummy project that I cannot delete.

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    • Enable a story.ni file or *.inform folder to be opened with Inform 7 for Linux by clicking on it or from within Inform.

      I have projects that are no longer in the history file of Inform. I have associated story.ni files with Inform, but all that happens is the Inform welcome screen appears. So there is no real file association with Inform.

      After selecting “Open an existing project” when I move to the folder where the story.ni file is, the list remains blank. Even if I type in the file name (story.ni), Inform will do nothing to open the project. (That is, when I click on Open, *nothing* happens. It doesn’t open the file, it gives no error message, it doesn’t close. It…

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      • Allow extensions to have error/help pages

        When installing a new extension, allow a help page to be included somehow. Maybe some portion of text is extracted from the i7x file and any associated RunTimeProblem messages lead to new help pages auto-generated from the i7x file.

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        • Disallow to decide phrases that have the same name as variables

          If you have a phrase and a global variable that share the same name:

          N is a number that varies.

          To decide which number is N:
          decide on 7.

          ...then it becomes impossible to call the to decide phrase because the compiler considers N to always refer to the variable.

          This is a very common problem where the author either assumes that N must be declared as a variable in addition to the phrase that defines its value, or changes the variable into a phrase but forgets to remove the variable declaration. Debugging the issue can be tricky.

          Since the…

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          • Rework the parsing when no verb is provided

            Currently, if there are any "mistakes" defined in the source text the parser will assume an unrecognized verb is a "mistake" and will give the I don't understand error instead of the the not a verb I recognize error. Also if any verbs have understand lines that have no verb (such as Understand "[kind]" as action) the parser will assume the first word is a noun and if it matches an object in scope (or out of scope if "[any kind]" is used) it will give the noun doesn't make sense in that context error.
            It would seem more logical…

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            • Separate implicit actions, other notifications into rules

              One thing that's been difficult for authors to change in a systematic way is the reports from implicit actions, default notifications, and such. These are usually shown immediately after the command in parentheses.

              It would be nice to provide complete control over these textual outputs.

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              • Use the inserting into action as an example in the "did not make sense as a description of an action" error message

                The overwhelmingly most common problem people have is trying to use "putting it in" to refer to the inserting it into action. If that specific case was mentioned in the resulting error message it would solve a lot of those problems.

                For example:

                "You wrote 'Instead of fooing a bar' , which seems to introduce a rule taking effect only if the action is 'fooing a bar'. But that did not make sense as a description of an action. I am unable to place this rule into any rulebook.

                This error sometimes occurs when a wrong name is used to…

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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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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • 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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                        • (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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                          • 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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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • 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 "<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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