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  1. (Bibliography/Babel Treaty) Default Story Creation Year to compile year

    The variable 'story creation year' is automatically available in I7 but defaults to 0 if the author does not set it. Is it possible to have this default to compile year?

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    • 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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      • (Parsing) Allow OOPS to be turned off

        The option to remove OOPS mistake-handling from the parser's
        behavior, with a line such as

        Use no oops command.

        (And/or one might want to be able to assign a different word this function,
        for ease of foreign language translation.)

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        • (Parsing) A way to restart the command sequence

          That is, a way to abandon the current action(s) and begin command
          processing all over again with a new input. The activity "after reading a
          player's command" is already capable of modifying the command text, but
          that happens before the command is converted into an action, and well
          before action processing starts. So at present, something like this is
          impossible:

          Instead of taking a candle, reparse the player's command as "get lamp".

          For instance, in an extension to deal with new player input, you might have
          determined that a player has used a recognized noun and a recognized verb,
          but…

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            This is always likely to be tricky, and the user of such a feature would
            need to keep in mind that earlier rules might already have changed the
            model world, or printed text; so the current action would not be magically
            undone, but only abandoned part-way. However, we agree to explore this
            suggestion; it might further be possible to give the player multiple commands
            to perform, using a full stop between commands (but not a slash as found in
            test commands).

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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.

                      • (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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                            • (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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