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  1. (Extensions) Have an extensions repository *VW*

    Extensions should be accessible through a repository, like an apt repository.

    Inform 7 should automatically download and install any extensions it needs but doesn't have, while keeping all old versions accessible.

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      A volunteer project to improve extension management is under way, which will address at least part of this requirement (I am not sure that automatic updating will occur, given the complexity of working out which extensions are needed, but we will see.)

    • Make search results a tab in the IDE

      Is there any reason why the search results can't be made into a regular tab in the IDE, just like Source, Errors, etc.? Often I find I want to keep the search results window around for a bit, but it's a pain to have it floating in front of my workspace. It's also the only part of the IDE that seems to stick out in an ugly way from the rest of the design.

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      • (IDE) Replace fixed two-pane layout with more general, resizable panels.

        I find the fixed layout a bit restrictive. Sometimes I want a single pane, sometimes I want one big pane and a bunch of small ones, etc etc. There are fairly standard and sensible ways of doing this in general IDEs like Eclipse.

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        • (world model) a way to move or conceal doors

          There has never been a satisfactory way in Inform to implement a concealed door that is revealed under certain conditions, or a door that leads to different locations under different conditions. I realize that these are hoary cliches of adventure gaming, but despite this (or, really, because of it), I would like to see some kind of solution in Inform.

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            There are assorted ways of faking this behavior, but I can see that it’s sometimes a stumbling block for authors, and it’s easy to do wrong. Historically, the way the map was constructed meant that this kind of adjustment would have been hard to do, but we’ll see whether that has changed.

          • (Programming) Get rid of "a random" when it's obvious there can only be one

            A better way to refer to a single item with a given
            specification, in a situation where it's known that it must be the only
            one. At present "a random..." is sometimes used for this, so for instance:

            try inserting the item into a random pocket that is part of the garment;

            Here the author knows that the garment has exactly one pocket, and is
            really trying to say "the pocket which is a part of this particular
            garment" - no actual randomness is really involved, and the source text is
            therefore misleading to read.

            Various alternatives are proposed. At…

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            • (Website/Extensions) Allow all extensions to be downloaded in single .zip *VW*

              Make it possible to download a complete set of available extensions from a single zip file.

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              • (Syntax) Provide a special "nothing" constant

                That there be a special class of constant that would be usable in initial property and variable declarations and that would evaluate to the type-specific null value for each type--this would probably be expressed as "nothing" in I7-level source code. (I imagine this would need to be handled at the I7 compiler level, rather than in the template layer.)

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                • 9 votes
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                    All three platforms offer some choice of font, but they handle style and colour options differently, with Windows offering the least choice for now (being confined to the current system font, though at a choice of sizes). The source panel is currently being rewritten on Windows, so that we can eventually have elastic tab stops there (a feature
                    newly added to OS X and Linux Inform); the new Windows source panel will be
                    more configurable.

                  • (Website/Extensions) Request page for extensions *VW*

                    It would be good to have a requests page where people could list extensions they wish existed, and other people could answer indicating that they are working on meeting those needs.

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                    • (Website) Make available versions before 4S08

                      I was looking for an old version of I7, which I need to compile an old project, and was unable to find it on the website. The website only goes back to 4S08, but should contain links to all previous versions so that old story files can be re-compiled in the original version of I7 that they were written in.

                      If the older versions are not available, then whenever an old project needs to be rebuilt you will also need to do a full code review to ensure that it compiles in the latest version of I7, followed by another…

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                      • provide I7-level access to the parse list when asking "which do you mean"

                        Example 355, "Walls and Noses," provides a very useful snippet of I6 code that allows you to determine what sorts of things are in the parse list when the game asks "which do you mean." I think the concept is useful enough that it should be built into the I7 language, instead of forcing authors to include an ugly chunk of I6 code to get the functionality.

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                        • (windows IDE) Open extensions in a new source tab with the same table of contents and torn page view as the game source.

                          Game source has a table of contents and a torn page view to make navigating long source files easier. Extension source supports the same structuring, but the source window lacks the tools that make it useful.

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                          • (IDE/Compiler) Continuous compilation

                            Rather than writing some code, hitting "compile", then tracking down the errors, it would be nice to have the option of running the compiler automatically in the background so you can see errors immediately (or almost immediately) as you type.

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                            • Why don't you try to build a international version?

                              I suggest make Inform7 can use any language compatible.
                              This version seem just can use English ?

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                                1 comment  ·  Admin →
                              • NI Command Line and Compiler Output

                                I would like to see the NI compiler standarize its usage. Implementing --help with a detailed list of usage scenarios would be excellent.

                                I would also like to see programmtic output of the Index. Publishing the Index contents as a database within XML or some rational and computer-redable format would help people build external tools like map organizers, conversation editors, and more.

                                In my own case, I'm building a unit testing tool and having detailed information from the Index could help an author/coder develop unit tests quickly.

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                                • (Extensions) Revise extension example presentation (pasting)

                                  Comments in extension examples are currently treated differently from examples in the manual. The annoying upshot is that, if an extension author wants to walk users through an example with commentary, the source code will be broken up into multiple segments, each with its own paste button that must be clicked (worse, in the Mac IDE at least, pasted text is selected, so the user must deselect the text in the source panel before returning to the extension documentation panel to press the next paste button in the series).

                                  Details: In the manual, comments appear as text that goes the…

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                                  • (Extensions) Revise extension inclusions

                                    Inform has a very useful feature whereby extensions can refer to one another and include (or not) code based on whether other extensions are installed. This generally works well, but doesn't go quite far enough for all situations. I will use my experience authoring a recent extension (Glulx Status Window Control) to illustrate where I think the functionality still falls short:

                                    GSWC can be used with any Glulx project, and it also has special provisions when it is used in conjunction with the Simple Graphical Window and Flexible Windows windowing systems. GSWC requires Glulx Text Effects, but so do these…

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                                    • (Syntax) Allow "Understand ... as referring to" for text

                                      Can the 'referring to' level of understanding be extended from adjectives to any text? This would allow syntax such as 'Understand "car" as referring to the Honda key.' (This would prevent disambiguating between car and car key etc.; Platypus library had the wonderful 'adjective' property.)

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                                      • (Programming) Inclusion of OR in conditions

                                        As in the Inform 6 code

                                        if (a == 2 or 4 or 6) ...
                                        if (leader ~= bill or martin or fred) ...

                                        Which might be syntactically rendered in I7 as, say:

                                        if a is either 2 or 4 or 6...
                                        if the leader is neither Bill nor Martin nor Fred...

                                        This should work with all verbs, so that we could have, e.g.

                                        if the player is carrying either a knife or a sword...

                                        A variant with positive "and" conjunctions would also be welcome:

                                        if the player is carrying both the flint and the steel and the firewood...

                                        And…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Admin →

                                          We agree that this would be nice, but the implementation problems make us want
                                          to hide under the bed. (The word “or” is already used for selection between
                                          actions, and the ambiguities pile up.) We’ll keep this under review.

                                        • (IDE) Ability to create IDEs with translated internal text

                                          A method for having the interface entirely in other language
                                          (menus, messages, panels).

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                                            This hasn’t been a priority so far because it wouldn’t make the rest of
                                            the application conform to another language. Different operating systems
                                            have different idioms for localization, and given that the interface
                                            contains relatively little text, changing only slowly, it’s probably
                                            better to do this platform by platform. Some progress has already been
                                            made on this for Linux.

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