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  1. Make it clearer that Standard Rules can be overridden

    I didn't realize that the Standard Rules could be overridden just like any other extension until it was pointed out to me. Adding a line in the documentation could point that out.

    Current:
    27.2 ... Although including the Standard Rules is compulsory, it is treated internally as if it were any other "extension".

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    27.2... Although including the Standard Rules is compulsory, it is treated internally as if it were any other "extension". As such, parts of it can be overridden in the same manner as other extension (cf §27.9).

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    • make it easier to change the names-understood for standard objects

      For example, directions or yourself. Currently grammar tokens are assigned in the Standard Rules. If I want "s" to no longer mean "south", my only option at present is to rewrite that subsection of the Standard Rules to override the built-in version.

      This would be akin to 'Understand the command "x" as something new', but for objects rather than commands.

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      • Embed the source code in the blorb for debug builds

        Every now and then people post about recovering the source code from a compiled story file. This simple change would cost almost nothing but help out massively to a few people in emergencies.

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        • (Win/IDE) Skein - Zoom, Smoother Pan, and Clear All Threads

          Please!! It sure would be useful to be able to zoom in/out in the skein. When it gets large, it's hard to navigate.
          Speaking of which, while it's nice to be able to middle-click to pan around, doing so is rather slow and not smooth.
          Finally, it sure would be nice to be able to TOTALLY clear all the threads in the skein in one shot, rather than having to delete them all individually.

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          • Improve Estensions Version Scheme

            This idea is similar (but not quite the same) as a previously posted idea:

            https://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/859353--extensions-enhance-extension-versioning-to-indic

            But my proposal is slightly different, and with different motivations.
            I've experienced lot's of problems in the creation of Italian adventures
            with I7 because of broken compatiblity between I7 builds.

            The Italian extensions is a large set of interdipendent extensions, which
            also depend on specific versions of English extensions. The current I7
            guidelines for extension version numbering, mentioned in the documentation
            at §27.6, suggest a scheme with the pattern "V/YYMMDD".

            I suggest that an optional addition field might be added to specify the
            I7 build…

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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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                • 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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                    • 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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                        • 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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                          • (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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                                • (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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                        • (IDE) Play in Browser

                                          Instead of the left side Story functioning as a hard interpreter, allow for an embedded browser "control" that executes an index.html in a web-output folder.

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