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  1. 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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      • 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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        • 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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          • 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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            • 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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              • Please fix broken download link

                The download page of the I7 site has a broken link. The gnome-inform7_6L38-0ubuntu1_i386.deb package appears to be missing.

                This forum seemed to be the only way to let people know.

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                • Fix broken links on the learn page

                  http://inform7.com/learn/manuals/

                  The links for both "Writing with Inform" and "The Recipe Book" are broken.

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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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                    • (Website/Documentation) Link to latest version of the manuals from inform7.com instead of outdated versions.

                      The version of the “Writing with Inform” manual at http://inform7.com/learn/man/index.html is still from 6G60. It does not match the new manual that comes with the 6L02 download.

                      This is very confusing for people trying to use the online documentation.

                      "The Recipe Book" at http://inform7.com/learn/man/Rindex.html also seems to be outdated; its ToC includes an Alphabetical Index of Examples that the 6L02 version does not.

                      Both manuals are linked from http://inform7.com/learn/manuals/.

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                      • (IDE/Win) Add a "search in Documentation" option in context menu

                        In internet surfing I use quiet often the select-the-text and mouse-right-button mechanism to launch searchs (google searchs).

                        It would be great to have a similar feature in the Source tab.

                        (Actually I select the text, copy it, paste it in doc-search-textbox and then press return key)

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                        • There needs to be install packages for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on the Inform Site!

                          Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is supported and used until 2017. The Ubuntu 14.x packages that are on the Inform Site do not work with 12.04. So I humbly suggest that there should be install packages for both 32 and 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04. Of the current May release, of course. Thanks!

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                          • Provide a general forum for feedback on the documentation

                            Currently it seems as though the only formal ways to leave feedback on the documentation are to make a report on mantis or to make a uservoice suggestion. But mantis reports are only for outright mistakes, and uservoice suggestions are too weighty and inconvenient for minor suggestions, especially given that we only have ten votes. Whereas complaints on intfiction.org aren't guaranteed to be read.

                            So it would be nice to have a centralized place to give feedback about the documentation. Perhaps some sort of comment form on the individual documentation pages would be convenient?

                            (The specific issue I wanted to…

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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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                              • Windows phone 8

                                There should be a port of Inform to another more portable system than a computer and windows phone 8 would probably be the best option, as many people are starting to use it and they have no where near as many rules as iOS.

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                                • GNU GPL

                                  Apply the GNU GPL/LGPL license to GNOME Inform 7 in order to exponentialize the work that users can do.

                                  :)

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                                  • Make the IDE have night time themes for my tired eyes?

                                    I'd like a dark room type theme. :)

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                                    • Allow music to be played if not possible.

                                      I'd like to have background music.. :)

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                                      • Make directions more compact in manual..

                                        Make it easier to get a gist of what the program can do. I am so lost.. :/

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                                        • Give us each 100 Uservoice votes

                                          Or 75... or at least 30.

                                          I've seen other Uservoice forums do this, so I know it's possible. There's so many suggestions here, so many of them are so good, and suggestions are so rarely closed, that I don't understand why I can only vote for 10—or fewer, if I want to extra-vote anything. Commenting on something is useful, but not really a replacement: I believe voted-on suggestions send the user email updates, while commented-on suggestions do not, for example. (And with months or years passing between posting and status update, that can actually be a fairly big deal.)

                                          Personally,…

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