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  1. Extend [first time]... to include [subsequently]...

    I am proposing extending the idea mentioned here:

    https://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/751240--adaptive-text-first-time-only

    ...so that instead of displaying text the first time only (which was implemented) OR displaying text NOT the first time (not implemented), we can choose either/or/both. Example (at game start):

    Grubby Cell
    You wake up on the floor of a dirty prison cell.

    > look
    Grubby Cell
    You are standing in a dirty prison cell.

    ...the code for which could be something along the lines of:

    Grubby Cell is a room. "You [first time]wake up on the floor of[subsequently]are standing in[end] a dirty prison cell."

    Using [first time]...[subsequently]...[end] construction would I…

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    • Build in ability to print the name of a kind

      It would be nice to be able to easily say the name of a kind.

      Brady Garvin's extension "Object Kinds.i7x" (see https://github.com/i7/extensions/blob/master/Brady Garvin/Object Kinds.i7x )makes this possible through some I6-level hacking, but it would be nice to have this an official part of the I7 level to make it easy to implement things like:

      say "The junk dealer eyes your offering. 'It's a fine [kind of the noun], but I already have a big pile of those out back.";

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      • Add a switch-like syntax to "one of" construction

        When you have a long list of [one of]..[or].. text substitutions, it would make it more readable if you could do something like this:

        say one of:
        -- "The sun is shining."
        -- "It's raining."
        -- "It's windy."
        at random.

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        • happened while in the military to try and disaster protection programs

          The FHA Home Mortgage Loan Program is the most prominent of home loan credit programs for non-veterans and is developing in ubiquity in light of the tight home loan advertise today.

          They have a percentage of the same points of interest of the VA home loan credits, for example, they are simpler to refinance, more merciful on the FICO assessments to qualify, and surely drop initial installment than standard mortgages. The FHA home loan credit up front installment is right now 3.5 of the price tag of the home.

          VA Home Mortgage Loan Eligibility Requirements

          A veteran will need to…

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          • Increase the ease of using action names (as variables, in tables, in switch-style if blocks)

            It seems quite painful to try to construct an action from a collection of its parts (actor, action name, noun, second noun). The closest thing is the provided "try X <verb>ing Y <preposition> Z", such as:

            let new actor be the youngest person in the location;
            let new noun be a random edible thing;
            let new second noun be a random animal in the location;
            try new actor giving new noun to new second noun.

            However, the usability of this phrase is sharply limited due to difficulties in using an action name variable with it. The "giving" action name must…

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            • not assume that the player/player character is male

              If a default behavior is required, why not implement a singular-they paradigm? This has a history of use in MUDs (and a much longer history of use in the canons of English literature), so I was honestly quite surprised and bewildered to see that Inform 7 not only assumes a male player in the documentation, but also assumes a male player-character in the code itself.

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              • Disable Auto-Save and add a Save Revision option instead of using Save As to save as a new project.

                Having auto-save enabled all the time is dangerous because temporary source changes designed for testing can become accidentally permanent. Also, using Save As to try to keep different revisions or backups is not very graceful because it save it as an entirely new project, and not just a revision of the same project.

                I've almost lost an entire project when my computer lost power. The file was still there, and was the right size, but it was entirely blank. I suspect this is because Inform keeps the file permanently open and only writes to it after closing the program or…

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                • Please fix broken download link

                  The download page of the I7 site has a broken link. The gnome-inform7_6L38-0ubuntu1_i386.deb package appears to be missing.

                  This forum seemed to be the only way to let people know.

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                  • Index of syntax highlighting

                    I can see that adding syntax highlighting in the source essentially would require you to compile the code as you write it and would be difficult to make. But could you put in an index panel that has the source code with the highlighting for objects, regions, verbs, ect.?

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                    • Fix broken links on the learn page

                      http://inform7.com/learn/manuals/

                      The links for both "Writing with Inform" and "The Recipe Book" are broken.

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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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                        • 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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                          • 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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                            • Restore "recording on/off" and "replay" functionality from I6 level

                              I6 offers the debugging commands "record on" to start recording only player commands to an external file, "record off" to negate "record on", and "replay" to play back a series of commands saved to an external file.

                              While this is very similar in functionality to the built-in (and generally superior) skein, and the skein offers many features that "replay" did not, this feature is missed when beta-testing a work.

                              Since saved games are not transferable between compilations of a work, and since interpreters do not provide a skein like the IDE does, playtesters must retype all commands to get back…

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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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                                • The indexes are very slow

                                  The HTML indexes are very slow. Some improvements that I've thought of:

                                  1. I think the biggest improvement would be gained by putting all of the scripts together - switching between HTML and JS can slow down some browsers significantly
                                  2. There is a lot of inline CSS. If this could be extracted out into the stylesheets then there wouldn't be a need to parse almost two and a half thousand border=0 or color="#800000"
                                  3. Lots of inline images could be replaced with CSS backgrounds. You would avoid parsing the tags as well as all their attributes.
                                  4. Tables are…

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                                  • Allow constants I7 constants to be linked to I6 constants

                                    Currently you can define constants only for kinds of value in Inform 7. You can define variables and objects with the "translates into I6" syntax, but you can't use that to define them with a I6 constants. Well variables can, but they're not treated as constants in I7, and you can't use them in tables for example. You can't define an object constant by the translates syntax because you'll get an I6 error about using the name twice. It would be useful to be able to bring an I6 constant into I7, especially if it's not limited to kinds of…

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                                    • Allow custom relation to specify object tree structures

                                      Object tree structures are the most efficient in Inform, but they are limited to only the built in relations. If you have relations between non-model world things it would be potentially possible to use object tree structures for those relations. This would help to model the Flexible Windows system, and probably for conversation models too.

                                      I don't think this functionality should be exposed directly to Inform 7, but if those relations were defined in the template code rather than in ni itself, then it might be possible to add extra relations which use the object tree.

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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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                                        • Provide a general forum for feedback on the documentation

                                          Currently it seems as though the only formal ways to leave feedback on the documentation are to make a report on mantis or to make a uservoice suggestion. But mantis reports are only for outright mistakes, and uservoice suggestions are too weighty and inconvenient for minor suggestions, especially given that we only have ten votes. Whereas complaints on intfiction.org aren't guaranteed to be read.

                                          So it would be nice to have a centralized place to give feedback about the documentation. Perhaps some sort of comment form on the individual documentation pages would be convenient?

                                          (The specific issue I wanted to…

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