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  1. 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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    • 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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      • Make the default phrase option for moving the player to be LookAfterGoing

        Most often when the player is moved by the source text it is a similar situation to the player going a direction so it should follow the same conventions. As of now even the abbreviated room description phrase option does not have going spacing conventions.

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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,

            - - - -
            There is a room.
            To say hello (this is greeting): say "Hello World!"
            To say hello: say "Hello Universe!"
            When play begins: say hello.
            - - - -

            the second greeting phrase overrides the first. But if instead the first phrase is invoked by name, as in

            - - - -
            When play begins: apply greeting.
            - - - -

            the override does not apply. Nor can one write

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

            because even overrides are required to have…

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            • Use the inserting into action as an example in the "did not make sense as a description of an action" error message

              The overwhelmingly most common problem people have is trying to use "putting it in" to refer to the inserting it into action. If that specific case was mentioned in the resulting error message it would solve a lot of those problems.

              For example:

              "You wrote 'Instead of fooing a bar' , which seems to introduce a rule taking effect only if the action is 'fooing a bar'. But that did not make sense as a description of an action. I am unable to place this rule into any rulebook.

              This error sometimes occurs when a wrong name is used to…

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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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                    • 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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                      • Have the compiler notice full stop in text substitutions

                        The compiler should add a line break when a text substitution ends with a full stop, commonly with a text of response entry, the same way it would if it was a regular string.

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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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                          • 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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                            • (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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                              • Add themes to the text editing window

                                The linux version of the Inform 7 application has themes. The Windows version needs this feature to accommodate people with vision issues.

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                                • Show a list of recent projects on the splash page

                                  The splash page currently lets you start a new project, open the most recent project, or browse to open another project. The third option is alright if your projects are all in the one place, but if they're not it's a bit of a nuisance. Instead, a list of the most recent 5 or so projects could be shown for you to choose between (still with the option to browse if needed.)

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                                  • (Programming) "involving" to refer to both noun and second noun

                                    Ability to write

                                    Instead of doing something involving the baseball: ...

                                    as shorthand to catch both the case where the baseball is the noun and the one
                                    where it is the second noun; and perhaps also

                                    Instead of doing something indirectly to the baseball: ...

                                    to catch only the one where it is the second noun.

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                                    • (Releasing) Have "release along with private source text" still build HTML

                                      When releasing along with source text, I note that marking the "source text" as "private" not only doesn't link it but also skips the generation of the typeset HTML version; the only effect the statement has is to copy in source.txt. Personally I'd prefer it to still generate the HTML source; just not to link to it.

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                                      • Abstract out block value initialisation/shell code, for use with other phrases

                                        When you use block value types (indexed text etc) the code a phrase produces is actually placed in a SHELL function, with the head rule function instead being used to initialise the block value and close it down when finished.

                                        It would be useful to be able to do this with other functions. I am having a look at refactoring Flexible Windows, as it is very slow because every time you change a window it runs a bunch of code. If we could use the same sort of stuff as block values do, then the window configuring could run once,…

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                                        • note unknown (uniquely occurring) words in certain compiler errors

                                          There are certain compiler errors that are often produced by typographical errors. It would be nice if the Inform 7 compiler were able to detect that one of the words in the offending line appeared nowhere else in the code, and issue a comment like "It looks as though 'tchochke' appears nowhere else in your code; is it perhaps misspelled?"

                                          This would save me some time staring at a particularly tricky syntax and trying to figure out where it went wrong when the mistake was that I left out the second t in "tchotchke" (admittedly choosing a word I can't…

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