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  1. Allow text and binary files to be declared and blorbed from the Materials folder

    Allow text and binary files to be declared and blorbed from the Materials folder, much like figures and sounds, now that Blorb has the TEXT and BINA chunk types.

    (And regenerate infglk.h so that the associated glk functions, glk_stream_open_resource and glk_stream_open_resource_uni, are available by name.)

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    • (Syntax) Make rules able to refer to actors

      "Before printing the name of something while an actor doing something" is allowed right now, but we can't continue "If the actor is the player, say 'your '." and so own, because we cannot refer to actors further. This means that we can't write general rules in this manner.

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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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        • Have the current location be in scope when it "should be"

          Or at least make it possible as an option. The fact that it isn't appears to be a piece of special-casing deep in the hardwired Inform 6 scope routines. (As it is, scope search goes down into the players contents, and goes up to the room, and goes down from the room, but the *room itself is deleted from scope* for some reason.) Actually, I think those were hard-wired in Inform 6 -- are those scope routines written in C?

          Well, anyway, it turns out to be incredibly hard to work around this oddity in the scoping rules: you have…

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          • Hotkeys for commenting out selected code all at once

            A contextual menu item, and hotkeys, for commenting out selected code all at once, by inserting "[" and "]" around the selected text. This is particularly important in that restyling large chunks of text - as placing the first [ will do near the start of code - is extremely computationally expensive in the interface applications.

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              We accept this proposal. It’s already being experimented with on OS X and Linux, and is planned for the new Windows source panel implementation.

            • (Syntax) Allow "row of the table"

              "Choose row N of the Table of Something" gives a compiler error; the correct syntax is "Choose row N in the Table of Something." But I find "row of the table" to be much more natural English (or American), and it would be nice if it were also recognized.

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                planned  ·  2 comments  ·  Admin →
              • Enforce ordering on ``is'' comparisons that test the kind of a value

                Based on http://inform7.com/mantis/view.php?id=959#c1742, Inform could encourage clearer code by rejecting

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                if a number is three, ...
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                in favor of the more natural

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                if three is an number, ....
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                This would parallel the restrictions on assertions:

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                A room is the lounge.
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                is disallowed, whereas

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                The lounge is a room.
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                is not.

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                • (IDE) Indent selected lines when you press tab

                  It'd be nice if the editor would follow the convention of indenting selected lines when you press tab (and move them left when you press shift-tab) instead of replacing the selection with a tab character.

                  The "move selection right/left" hotkeys are available at least in the Mac ide, but tabbing would be faster and the hotkeys don't work with non-American keyboard layouts where brackets are behind special key combinations.

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                  • (IDE) Enable shifting of code blocks in extensions too

                    Currently, the Mac IDE offers hotkeys that allow you to shift code one tab stop to the left or right. However, this works only in project windows, not in extension windows. Since extensions require example code blocks to be indented one tab stop, there is a special need for this feature in extension files. Please add it!

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                    • (Publishing) Include licensing information in the Babel bibliographic data

                      This would be printed in the banner and also automatically be added to IFDB.

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                        Currently the banner-printing of such information is pretty easy to arrange
                        and is further supported by the Extended Banner extension by Stephen Granade. Any arrangements concerning metadata would have to be taken up with the Treaty of Babel contributors and IFDB maintenance. If there’s a consensus there, we’re willing to build support into Inform.

                      • Run VM_Initialise as a for starting the virtual machine rule

                        The starting the virtual machine activity is far less useful than it should be as VM_Initialise() isn't run until after the activity. If you rely on stuff it does (such as dealing with the status line) you might not have anywhere nice to hang a rule if you need the rule run before the when play begins rules.

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                        • Move rule conditions to before the block value initialisation code

                          If you're writing a rule which uses some kind of block value (indexed text, stored actions, lists etc), an I6 function is created which sets up new block values, which then runs the rule's function itself. The condition for the rule is in this second function. It should be moved to the first so that if the condition is not met then the block value code does not need to run.

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                          • Allow extension documentation to be written in markdown

                            The formatting for extension documentation is pretty sucky. The headings formats are incompatible with the main source text, and there is little else that's possible. It would be nice if extension documentation could be written in markdown, or even just allow HTML. The old way of including source code (indentation) should still be supported however.

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                            • (Syntax) Allow overrides to phrases invoked by name

                              In this code,

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                              There is a room.
                              To say hello (this is greeting): say "Hello World!"
                              To say hello: say "Hello Universe!"
                              When play begins: say hello.
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                              the second greeting phrase overrides the first. But if instead the first phrase is invoked by name, as in

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                              When play begins: apply greeting.
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                              the override does not apply. Nor can one write

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                              To say hello (this is greeting): say "Hello Universe!"
                              - - - -

                              because even overrides are required to have…

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                              • Display the documentation heading with CSS fixed positioning

                                The heading of the documentation would be much more useful if it had CSS fixed positioning, so that it was always visible.

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                                • (Website/Extensions) Archive old version of extensions *VW*

                                  Maintain old versions of extensions on the website so that authors who lose them can retrieve them.

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                                  • Parse valid responses to disambiguation requests as disambiguation requests rather than new commands

                                    When a disambiguation request is printed, Inform decides whether to process the next input as a response to the request or as a new command by checking to see whether the first word of the input is a verb. Ordinarily this works well, but it will break when an object's name contains a verb. See http://inform7.com/mantis/view.php?id=1127 for an example.

                                    In comments there, zarf says:
                                    "This has been the intended behavior since the I6 days. It would be bad if a disambiguation prompt made some other command untypable, by stealing its verb. (It is less bad if a disambiguation fails, because…

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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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                                      • (World model/actions) Add a sanity-checking layer to action handling

                                        Add checking for the sanity of an action before trying implicit actions (like the "Delicious, Delicious Rocks" example, where if we're trying to eat something, we notice it's inedible before rather than after implicitly picking it up).

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                                        • (Syntax) May conditional relations directly consult a rulebook

                                          As is, we must use a To phrase (and global variables) as a go-between, just as the "can see" and "can touch" relations do. But this is such a powerful pattern that I feel it merits fluid expression:

                                          The friendship rules are a rulebook.
                                          Likability relates a person (called X) to a person (called Y) when the friendship rules succeed with X and Y.
                                          A friendship rule: if X is.....

                                          I think of this compound construct as a very good "design pattern" for Inform 7, much like using an amendable table to define kinds-of-value while holding all of an extension's…

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