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  1. Open Source all Inform 7 code on Github

    Move all source code for Inform 7 including the ni compiler and any supporting code to Github.

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    • Parse larger numbers

      TryNumber() currently returns 10,000 for any number with more than 4 digits, but glulx supports numbers that are much larger.

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      • Support emoji and other non-BMP Unicode characters

        Now that i6 supports emoji (http://inform7.com/mantis/view.php?id=1887), it would be nice for Inform 7 to also support these hip new characters.

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        • Support relations about more than one kind

          Several built-in relations allow multiple kinds of things for the same relation, but there is no way to declare custom relations that work the same way. For example:

          I can't believe it's not containment relates one container or room to various things.

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          • Allow "stored described actions" and/or "stored descriptions" to be created

            Some problem messages produced by the compiler refer to "described actions", which seem to be the internal term for actions that also specify descriptions (i.e. conditions) for the objects and/or actor involved.

            Described actions seem to be what are used in creating a rule preamble like "Every turn when the current action is examining a lit thing". However, it is not possible to use described actions in the same places that one would use a stored action. (Undoubtedly these are quite different under the covers.)

            It would be great if one could use described actions in the same ways that…

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            • IDE Documentation: Add Letter-Spacing

              In the Windows Inform7 IDE, the documentation could be made easier to read if some letter spacing was added to the text.

              If my understanding is correct, documentation is shown via broswer-control, so it should accept the letter-spacing CSS property for text.

              NOTE: In the past I've stumbled upon the problem of the browser control running by default as IE7, but also found that it's possible to make it behave as the latest version of IE available on the system (that would be IE11 on most systems today) by setting to "Edge" a registry entry for the executable file that…

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              • At least mention the MacOS Sierra update

                At least make a mention on the official inform7 download page of the unofficial MacOS Sierra update. It would have saved me, and certainly others too, hours of frustration.

                https://github.com/erkyrath/Inform/releases

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                • (IDE) Allow shortcuts/searching in Extension panel

                  In the extension panel, add a row under "Sort Catalogue by" that is-

                  A row of alphabet jump-links, or
                  A drop down box with jump links to author or alphabet letter, or
                  A search box that collapses the list to match by extension name or author.

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                  • In prefs, set different fonts for code and story

                    I would like to set a larger fixed width font for code, and reg sized Arial or Times for the story. Reading the story in fixed width degrades the experience slightly.

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                    • Have the Index display what an action value is "matched as"

                      It would be nice if the index display for an action displayed, along with the named values for the action, the prepositions that the value was "matched as." So it would look something like this:

                      Named values belonging to this action

                      room gone from - room (matched as "from")
                      room gone to - object (matched as "to")
                      door gone through - object (matched as "through")
                      vehicle gone by - object (matched as "by")
                      thing gone with - object (matched as "with")

                      As it is, I think that in order to find these "matched as" values we have to look in…

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                      • Warn when I6 rules implicitly return true

                        I keep getting bitten by Inform 6 rules which have no explicit return statement. Inform 6 then adds in an implicit rtrue, which stops the rulebook from continuing.

                        It would be great if Inform could warn the author whenever such an implicit rtrue will be added, so that they can either explicitly rtrue or rfalse.

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                        • SCORM or Tin Can API compatibility

                          To make packages compatible with LMSs (learning management systems) I suggest you add the ability to communicate with LMSs through SCORM or Tin Can. These implementations can be done through javascript. It would really open up the use of IF for corporate training, and in academia where learning modules are served online.

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                          • Allow relations (or just their verbs) to imply other relations

                            This idea came up in a discussion on intfiction.org (see http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=20166), in which a new author wanted to create a "wielding" relation for rules governing use of weapons.

                            As pointed out in the discussion, certain verbs for built-in relations are privileged in that they specify two relations at once. For example, use of "to wear" simultaneously specifies the carrying and wearing relations.

                            Although the details of this example are heavily dependent on the underlying I6 world model, it seems like there may be some interest in allowing authors to set up their own verbs that specify more than one…

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                            • Export to Commodore 64 Disk Image (.d64) et al

                              Based on its roots in the 8-bit world, Inform 7 should pay homage by exporting story files into those formats (i.e., a disk image playable in emulators).

                              Obviously certain restrictions would apply, so it would be up to the authors not to exceed those restrictions (or Inform could help).

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                              • Make action variables (and rulebook and activity variables) globally visible

                                A fairly common question is why the "actor" global variable isn't usable in phrases. (E.g. https://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/988953--syntax-make-rules-able-to-refer-to-actors .) The answer is that "actor" is not a global variable, but an action-scoped variable.

                                But this is not a good enough reason. It's impossible to write a helper phrase or utility which does work based on the actor. It's also unnecessarily painful to write a response which varies based on the actor -- see forum thread http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=19917 .

                                Action variables are not global variables; they get pushed stack-wise when a new action begins. This is valuable. But there is always exactly one *current*…

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                                • (Parsing/Syntax) Allow direct control over possessive pronouns

                                  Inform already allows us to match relative to objects. However the matching of possessive pronouns ("my", "his", "her", "its", "their") isn't exposed at the I7 level, which I think it should be.

                                  The issue has been discussed before:

                                  http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=19912
                                  http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=19253
                                  http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2431&p=16700

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                                  • Release I7 under the Artistic (Perl) License

                                    Copying my comment from https://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/6084680-gnu-gpl (which was marked declined):

                                    Graham has indicated that a future release of I7 will appear under an open-source license, but he hasn't said when that will happen.

                                    (I assume it will be the Artistic License, as that's what's used for Inform 6 and Inweb.)

                                    I don't know if that will produce an exponential increase in productivity. But, at a minimum, it should help with the various "port to my system" requests that have appeared here. (http://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/4805032-make-the-command-line-arm-port-work-on-arm , http://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/1089677-port-to-app-store-for-ipad , http://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/2866300--ide-create-a-new-ide-for-android-devices-vw , etc.)

                                    Those are all marked "volunteer wanted". But in my experience, a volunteer…

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                                    • Fully support sound and image resources in Quixe (playable web page)

                                      (Perhaps this counts as a bug, but for once I'll err on the side of feature request...)

                                      Currently if you "release along with an interpreter" and your game has sounds or image resources, the resources don't make it into the Release/interpreter directory at all. The Game.gblorb.js file is actually a bare Glulx file in a .js wrapper -- it doesn't have the full gblorb contents.

                                      This policy dates from before Quixe supported image display. Now that it does (and we'll get audio in there sooner or later), we have a situation where images are needlessly omitted from the playable web…

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                                      • Add a way for authors to upload and download website themes

                                        Some kind of gallery for website themes, ideally supported even within the app? (Or with an easy way to install them.)

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                                        • Permit comma-separated options in say phrases

                                          Currently this is not allowed:

                                          To say foo, loudly:
                                          say "Foo";
                                          if loudly, say "!";

                                          The error says: "...phrase options are not allowed for 'say' phrases, because the commas would lead to ambiguous sentences, and because the content of a substitution is intended to be something conceptually simple and not needing clarification."

                                          I am not seeing the ambiguity. (It would be one phrase inside a bracketed substitution, which seems straightforward.)

                                          As for substitutions intended to be simple -- sorry, I don't buy it. The most prominent set of phrase options in Inform is the WriteListFrom routine and its coterie of…

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