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      We try, but there are some things that are surprisingly hard problems linguistically. Where there are specific examples of misbehavior, we are willing to look at them.

    • (World model) Better conversation handling in the library

      The current system is pretty rudimentary and hard to develop anything complex with.

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        Planned, sort of: that is, we are working on an extension that could be bundled with Inform, but would not add bulk to the standard rules for those who do not want it.

      • (Parsing) A way to order understand lines explicitly

        As in:

        Understand "[a beat]" as discussing (this is the understand discussing
        rule). The understand discussing rule is listed first in the
        understand rules.

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          We will not adopt this exact syntax (there is no “understand rules”
          rulebook, so the syntax would be misleading), but we are interested in
          offering the author some way to manually override Inform’s assumptions
          about the order of understand lines. We would be interested in suggested
          syntax.

        • (World model/Programming) Make Inform 6's Scope_reason visible

          To facilitate some existing scope issues, Inform 6's scope_reason should be exposed at the I7 level, as seen in Ron Newcomb's "Scope Control" extension, here:

          http://inform7.com/extensions/Ron%20Newcomb/Scope%20Control/source.txt

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          • (Syntax) Translate the phrase body of "which description is..." into a state machine implementation

            I think I briefly mentioned this a long time ago, but given the news
            that closures will be added in a future version, I think it ought to
            be restated in depth: I propose adding an NI feature to facilitate
            writing "to decide which description is..." phrases, by translating
            the phrase body into a state machine implementation based around a
            closure.

            (Caution: long technical discussion follows, some based on speculation
            about I7 features yet to come. For now, this is just something to
            think about, and possibly -- I hope -- refer back to some time after
            this upcoming release.)

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            • (Namespace) Make compiler smarter about abbreviating object names

              Have the compiler allow abbreviations where they're unambiguous but
              choose the shortest match otherwise. For instance, if we have:

              The car key is a thing.

              And somewhere else:

              The car is a thing.

              Then could the compiler be made to assume that, since there's an identifier
              called 'car', 'car' by itself always refers to the car and never to the car
              key (although 'car' could otherwise be taken as a reference to the 'car key'
              if 'car' had not been defined as a separate identifier).

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                This is a good idea but very difficult to implement; we will see whether it
                turns out to be possible.

                There are also possible hazards. At present, ambiguous names are resolved partly
                by seeing what names are closer in the source text; this is useful in resolving
                ambiguities between extensions and the main source. We are concerned that
                implementing this feature might introduce errors which the current implementation
                resolves correctly.

              • Add a "the first ..." phrase

                Similar to the "the only ..." request, I propose a "the first... " phrase.

                There are times when all you care about is finding something that matches the description. "A random" will on average iterate through all the things of the kind 1.5 times. With "the first" it could stop as soon as it finds something that matches.

                This would be useful: for cloning objects with Dynamic Objects.
                Exhaustively processing a list when the processing will alter the list. In flexible windows I do:

                while the number of g-unrequired g-present childless g-windows > 0:
                repeat with h running through g-unrequired…

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                • (IDE) Skein accessibility

                  Work to make the skein more accessible to visually-impaired users: currently it is not useful to them.

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                  • (Programming) Allow conditionless definitions

                    To allow definitions such as

                    Definition: the orange is citrus.

                    including no condition at all.

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                    • (Programming) Clearing a list with "now"

                      Be able to empty a list simply by saying

                      now L is empty;

                      rather than having to truncate a list to 0 entries.

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                      • (Extensions/Website) Show which extensions aren't compatible with current build *VW*

                        Have any extensions that don't work with the current build greyed out (or something similar) on the website so that we don't waste our time with them.

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                          (Volunteer wanted.) This is something we’d be happy to see, if someone is willing to help with implementing appropriate notification features on the website and helping superintend. (There are several extensiony things we’d love to add to the website, all of which would need attention from one or more volunteers.)

                        • (Output/printing) Add an activity for room name printing

                          Would it be possible to make the printing of a room’s name (in bold, at the top of a room description) into an activity? –Or, perhaps more usefully, make the entire process of “printing a room description” an activity.
                           
                          I’ve often found myself wishing that I could refer to the printing of a room description as the context for printing a room’s name. Specifically, it would be nice to be able to create a rule for printing the name of a room that capitalizes it when printing a room description or constructing the status line, but not under other…

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                            This would not be hard to do, but we have tried to be conservative about the number of activities created (and even so there is a very large number of them). Currently it is not too difficult to replace the single rule that generates this room title, so you can in theory create such an activity yourself if you wish.

                            So the question here is whether this seems useful enough to enough people to be worth putting the extra bulk into the Standard Rules (and therefore also into the documentation).

                          • Implement Inform 7 IDE as HTML5 Web Application

                            Title says it all. Would it be valuable to develop I7 as a web application that compiled server-side and returned results to client or ran app in client/server paradigm? If so, is this a good idea?

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                            • (Programming/Tables) Table replacement

                              Since we now can both continue and amend tables, it seems natural
                              to also be able to replace them completely. The columns would still have to be
                              the same, but the previous contents would be discarded. For instance, to
                              replace the final question options, one must currently write

                              Section 1 - My custom final question options (in place of Section SR2/12 -
                              Final question options in Standard Rules by Graham Nelson)

                              Table of Final Question Options
                              [etc]

                              Here, it would clearly be less work to write:

                              Table of Final Question Options (replaced)
                              [etc]

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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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                                • (Documentation) Provide a plain text version of the Recipe Book

                                  One exists for Writing with Inform, but it would be nice to have the Recipe Book in this format as well. (Or, if it exists, it would be nice to have it linked from the same place on the Inform website as WI.)

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                                  • Remove "carried" and revise handling of implicit actions

                                    "My suggestion would be to abolish 'carried' in action specifications (as in Eating is an action applying to one carried thing) and replace the carrying requirements rule with a new rulebook that's responsible for all implicit actions (including the existing implicit takes). This would make it easy to unlist an implicit action rule an author doesn't like or doesn't need and replace it with one s/he prefers. For example, instead of way the implicit take for eating currently works, an author would be able to write:

                                    implicit action for eating a portable edible thing:
                                       carry out the implicitly taking…

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                                    • (Parsing) Strip full stops from topics before parsing them as topic understood

                                      If someone is using the topic matching system and they type ASK EMMA ABOUT FISH., that doesn't match "fish" because of the period/full stop, but we obviously don't want to strip out punctuation until after we've done the first bit of parsing and separated commands and so on. It would be possible to fix this with Punctuation Removal, but it's such a common issue that it would be preferable for the standard library to handle it.

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                                      • Let "showme" display temporary variables

                                        Currently, code like:

                                        repeat with item running through things:
                                        showme "Checking [item]: valid."

                                        ...will fail, claiming that the text substitution is a "temporary thing, long gone by the time it would need to be printed." But this is not in fact true in this case, and would be a useful thing to be able to check.

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                                        • (IDE) Allow Save Debug Build to output a gblorb instead of an ulx file

                                          Currently, when the Save Debug Build option is used for a glulx project, the game file that is created is not blorbed (.ulx extension) and contains no multimedia resources. This makes it very difficult to test multimedia games. Story files with multiple graphics windows and sound both need to be tested outside of the IDE (the former because of screen-spae issues, the latter because Zoom does not yet support sound). There are ways to get around this, but they involve dropping into I6 to define the DEBUG constant to enable built-in debugging commands, while at the same time using an…

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