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  1. Add phrases for writing and appending indexed text to a file

    The current phrases accept only text, so to output indexed text one must store the value in a global and use a substitution or else drop down to I6.

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    • Provide a way to either delete od or unwanted projects from the history list or edit the history list.

      In an attempt to find the history file that is created by Inform to store the projects history, I now have a dummy project that I cannot delete.

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      • 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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        • 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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                                  • (Output filtering) Ability to redefine an apostrophe

                                    Different handling of apostrophes. For some languages like French,
                                    Italian, maybe Spanish as well, it may be useful to be able to disable the
                                    replacement of apostrophe by " and replace quote by something else ([quote] or
                                    ["], etc).

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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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