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  1. (Publishing) Non-mappable rooms

    A way to flag some rooms as not mappable - so that, for instance,
    the game would produce a map of all the street rooms but none of the interior
    locations.

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    • (Publishing) Ability to give map-maker hints about levels of locations

      A way to force a location to appear on a given level, as in

      "Index map with Cheapside on Level 1".

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      • "When sound ends" rulebook

        For example, to make background music loop; or in my case in which I plan to have different music for each region, allow the music to end before starting the new track: currently it is a forcedly abrupt cut, and I don't have the I6 expertise to create even a jury-rigged workaround. (Considering I can't even define a room in I6, "expertise" is possibly the wrong word. Maybe "ability to copy and paste bits of code" is more appropriate.)

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        • (IDE/Compiler) Debug Tools: Assertion Testing and Tracing

          The tools given to authors for debugging Inform 7 code is rather limited right now. Pinpointing a bug that doesn't generate a compiler or run-time error usually requires a big mess of conditionals and 'say' phrases being thrown into what might otherwise be perfectly sound code to try and pinpoint the bug from it's side effects, and then, when the bug is resolved, those phrases need to be removed. This is hazardous and unnecessary, an avenue for introducing new bugs because you deleted one too many phrases.

          I suggest adding formal 'assertion testing' and 'trace' features to Inform 7.

          An…

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          • Allow creation of customized runtime problems

            From this thread: http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2024

            The IDE usually highlights when a RTP occurs by changing the left pane to a helpful message. The closest that game and extension authors can get is a say statement with asterisks in it. Can the I6 RunTimeProblem() function be extensible somehow? A rulebook taking a KOV perhaps?

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            • Allow music to be played if not possible.

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

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              • (Programming/Tables) Multidimensional indexing

                A new kind of value, an array, that allows multi-dimensional
                indexing (not a table, because the array would have to allow the same type to
                be used in all columns).

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                  We consider this a perfectly reasonable request, but would like to flesh out
                  the syntax a bit. Feel free to elaborate in comments about what you might like.

                • (Programming) More/better ways to refer to kinds

                  Better and more syntax to refer to kinds, and variables that
                  range over kinds. Some proposed syntax:

                  The current monster class is a kind that varies.

                  now the current monster class is the kind of the attacker;
                  now the current monster class is a random kind of monster;
                  if the current monster class is a kind of monster: ...
                  if the current monster class is a direct kind of monster: ...
                  repeat with current monster class running through kinds of monster: ...
                  now the second monster class is the parent kind of the current monster class;

                  This would allow us…

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                  • 4 votes
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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/Glulx) Provide debugging/performance-testing interpreters for Glulx

                        Provide special versions of the (glulx) interpreters that could help isolate performance problems, etc. I know that David Kinder has made special versions of interpreters to test, say, the time required to draw individual images; with some work and forethought, this kind of thing could potentially be expanded (hopefully in an accessible way) to allow folks to run down issues that otherwise can be difficult to isolate. The Mac version of the IDE currently has a natural UI to choose between alternative interpreters in the preference menu option to choose between glulxe and git, so the major issue with this…

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                        • (Syntax)Natural syntax for value-returning adjective phrases and more

                          I had the phrase: To decide which object is named-1 (name - some indexed text)...
                          And it was quite a while before I realised that I had to invoke it like "let x be named-1 (text)", and not "let x be the

                          object named-1 (text)".I think the second way is more natural, as the first might be misunderstood as a change to x's name.
                          Diving into documentations, I figured that nobody expected phrases that have arguments/return values and are better named

                          as adjectives."11.16. New conditions, new adjectives" and "13.12. Relations which express conditions"have a similar ring,

                          but nothing I found…

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                          • Implement Lucene Search Index with Web Results

                            Lucene is an open source search index library that provides a relatively simple and cross platform method of creating a search index and offering custom results.

                            For the IDE's, the index could contain all of the documentation with links. When a user searches, the results could show (instantly) in a separate html based tab.

                            This would dramatically improve searching in both code and documentation.

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                            • Compile a PPC Ubuntu or Debian version of 6E72 *VW*

                              In the past, there was a PPC version of 5Z71 for Debian. I have that installed but would like to use the newest version. ;-) Thanks!

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                                under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Admin →
                              • 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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                                • Add a 'use no cover art' option, or 'use no default cover art'

                                  I'm making a game with multimedia, and while I have cover art, I want to show the cover art only when I want to show it. Some interpreters will flash the cover art automatically on launch (EG Zoom). If I call the thing that is my cover art by some other file name, Zoom will still flash up a default cover image bundled by the Inform compiler. Anyway, discussion about these issues at the intfiction forum led to the idea of being able to tell the compiler not to bundle the default image in with a game, by saying something…

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                                  • Error stacks with Run Time Problems

                                    When I debug Inform projects, I spend most of my time determining where RTPs occur by using say or showme phrases as markers. It's really a dull process and i think an error stack system that mentions at which line the problem occurs, just as in most of programming languages, would be very welcomed.

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                                    • World Model and Parser Reflection

                                      This is a broader request to enable reflective capabilities within a game file or an additional file associated with a game file. The use case is for embedded games that the user wouldn't have access to the game file or the additional reflection data. The idea is that the interpreter or tool or IDE can query the game engine for lists of internal data. The types of internal data include full object hierarchy including associated rules, properties, property values, links, etc.

                                      Reflective questions I might want to know:
                                      - what are all the current objects in scope
                                      - for a…

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                                      • (Documentation) Clarify "the person asked" and "the actor"

                                        Section 12.3 of the documentation seems to suggest that "the person asked" applies when issuing commands to other characters, as in "Algy, take sandwich." But in fact "the person asked" is the I6 actor global variable (according to zarf), so it will be set to whoever is performing the current action.

                                        It would be nice to have this clarified, particularly because (as of 6G60) "the actor" cannot be used in every case in which "the person asked" can. For instance, since "the actor" is considered a temporary variable, "the list of the things worn by the actor" will not compile,…

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                                        • Implement editing similar to Sublime Text 'Multiple Selections'

                                          By identifying all occurrences of a variable in the source text, each instance is renamed simultaneously as the user types.

                                          Example [1/6] on the animation at the site below illustrates:
                                          http://www.sublimetext.com/

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