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  1. (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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    • Rework the parsing when no verb is provided

      Currently, if there are any "mistakes" defined in the source text the parser will assume an unrecognized verb is a "mistake" and will give the I don't understand error instead of the the not a verb I recognize error. Also if any verbs have understand lines that have no verb (such as Understand "[kind]" as action) the parser will assume the first word is a noun and if it matches an object in scope (or out of scope if "[any kind]" is used) it will give the noun doesn't make sense in that context error.
      It would seem more logical…

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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.

          • 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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                • (Parsing) Reorder and modify tests created by "Understand ... when ..." to allow closer functionality to I6 parse_name() routines

                  If an author tries something reasonable-looking like: 'Understand "with [number] spots" as a tribble when the spot count of the tribble is the number understood.' (in a situation where the tribble kind has a number property called spot count), the compiler does not complain, but the Understand grammar doesn't work, either.

                  Close inspection of the generated source code shows that the tribble kind is assigned a function Parse_Name_GV## (with ## being a number) which includes

                  a. a generated test (called Cond_Token_###) to determine if the condition that came after the "when" is true.

                  b. a series of word-by-word tests looking…

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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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                    • (Responses, Extension authoring) Allow lettered responses outside of rules

                      Extension authors are expected mark to responses with letters (e.g. "(A)") inside named rules, but there seems not to be an elegant way to handle strings that appear in, for instance, "Understand as a mistake" or "to gild the lily" situations.

                      Examples:

                      http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=18953&p=100339#p100335

                      http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=18882&p=99664#p99664

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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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