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  1. (Index/IDE) Provide a pre-generated index available before the first compile

    Currently when you first create a project, the index is empty. It would be nice for users to be able to explore this and especially to have access to the phrasebook right from the outset.

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    • (Syntax) Replace "if we have" syntax

      For "if we have..." tense-conditions to be replaced by some other syntax, because authors are confused by who this "we" might be, and/or wish they could say "if the player has...".

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        We are considering this and may implement it, though it should be noted that then the seductively similar “if Mrs Wandering-Monster has…” would look as if it ought to work – but there is nothing like enough run-time storage in the Z-machine for this sort of complete historical record.

      • (IDE) Command-clicking in the contents pane to view a section

        For a command-click in the contents pane to take the user to the
        selected portion of the source, but without restricting the view only to that
        one area.

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        • (Output/Printing) More ways to control printing of groups

          Currently if we have a number of instances of a kind (A block is a kind of thing. Two blocks are in the kitchen.), the grouping activity does not allow one to override the description of these objects, though it would if the blocks had individual names. Moreover, it would be nice to be able to get the number of items being grouped together and manipulate that information.

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          • Allow initials in extension author names

            As I understand there is a technical reason why one cannot write something like:

            New Extension by "John X. Doe" begins here.

            But it'd be nice if we could look for a workaround. I often use my middle initial for disambiguation purposes, but I feel a little pretentious writing my full middle name. In any case, it seems odd that story authors may have initials, but extension authors may not.

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            • (Parsing) Ability to understand something as a varying thing or value

              The appointed time is a time which varies.
              Understand "appointment" as the appointed time.

              This seems doable, because the time token just returns the parsed time. It
              could return a computed value just as well as a constant one. It's more
              complicated with objects, but it could be done. The following:

              The suspect is a person which varies.
              Understand "suspect" as the suspect.

              ...could be internally rephrased as:

              Understand "suspect" as a person when the item described is the suspect.

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              • (World model) Revise LOOK UNDER

                Per http://therestofyourmice.blogspot.com/2011/05/spring-thing-2011-reviews.html , revise the failure message for looking under something so that it does not suggest the looking was necessarily successful.

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                    At some level this has already happened; in others, it remains in progress. The Syntax Document available from the Inform website has for some time offered an overview of phrases and assertion syntax; that is now being overtaken by improvements to the Index inside Inform. This is something we continue to work on improving, and the challenge is to create better and better resources though the language itself continues to evolve.

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