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  1. Release Inform on a less ridiculous schedule.

    It's pretty obvious. Development of Inform could be more rapid with better user feedback cycles if a slightly more standard development cycle were followed. A multi-year release cycle makes utterly no sense for a product like this.

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    • (Parsing) Stop guessing the noun

      The option to turn off or tweak the behavior of noun-guessing
      (where the parser makes an assumption about what the player means because
      the player has omitted to name an object). The behavior is often singularly
      inappropriate when there are only a few objects in scope, leading to
      exchanges such as

      >DRINK
      (the statue of Ponce de Leon)
      There's nothing here to drink.

      "Does the player mean" rules helps provide guidance in the situation where
      the parser is choosing between multiple items of which some are more valid;
      but there is currently no way to say "if there's nothing of…

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        Much of this behavior is already provided by Jon Ingold’s extension
        “Disambiguation Control”; nonetheless we feel that it might be useful to
        consider incorporating some of these features into Inform proper.

      • (Version control/extensions) Automatic archiving of source text with relevant extensions

        Make it possible to save a source text archive together with the current forms of whatever extensions it is using, to make it easier to reconstruct later.

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          planned  ·  3 comments  ·  Admin →
        • Remove hard-coded processing of blank lines from the Keyboard.i6t

          If authors want to do something with a blank line (such as run a different command, like LOOK), they currently must hack the Keyboard routine to comment out the hard-coded bailout of the parsing beginning after the comment "If the line was blank, get a fresh line". If this was moved to a rule, or could be deactivated via a use option, authors could adjust behavior in more I7-y ways instead of needing to replace a long I6 routine in ways that render it incompatible with other code or extensions that also might want to adjust this routine.

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            I am in favor of this, and think it fits well with other items on the agenda of the present build, to do with allowing much greater output customization overall. We’ll see.

          • Allowing the author to set his own story serial number

            I'd like to see the author being able to set his/her own story serial number over riding the number which I7 automatically generates

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            • Thoroughly document topics, or make them far more intuitive

              Topics have been giving me some difficulty, and they receive scant attention in the documentation other than for easy cases which can be explained whilst glossing over their true nature. They work very intuitively if you are simply attempting to place them as the column of a table and follow the excellent example code. They do not work at all intuitively otherwise, since they are fundamentally a function and this nature is not sufficiently hidden from, or explained to, the user.

              Examples:

              - It is gently implied that "the topic understood" is a topic, when it is in fact a…

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              • Add Use options to control compilation

                During the work on the German extension we sometimes met the point where it
                would be nice if the author could determine whether certain sections of the
                extension code would be compiled or ignored just by setting a use option
                (like one can exclude or include sections for the use with a certain
                extension or story file format).

                For example:

                The use option traditional kinds translates as (- Constant
                TRADITIONAL_KINDS; -).

                […]

                Section – New kinds (for use without the traditional kinds option)

                […]

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                • Permit extensions to insist on a specific build of Inform

                  We can already parenthetically note that a build requires a certain target. Since there are a number of breakpoints where having a certain *source* matters, it would be great to have an extension mark which text is for, say, 5Z and which is for 6E, and compile on both.

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                  • (Namespace) Addition of namespace control

                    "namespaces", or some other way to help prevent ambiguities. We
                    listed this in the previous consultation document: the idea was to perhaps
                    create some concept of namespace, which would in particular help prevent
                    names in one extension from interfering with names in another.

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                      Since the initial discussion, there have been some changes to the way that Inform resolves its
                      ambiguities, and it may be that this is no longer felt to be as necessary; we
                      have heard fewer complaints about namespace clashes recently. So we’re
                      curious. Is this still a pressing concern? We would prefer to avoid
                      complicating the language more than necessary, but at the same time want it to
                      be as practically useful as possible.

                    • (IDE/Compiler) Mark errors in the source code with a red underline

                      This would make it faster and easier to track down trivial errors than having to mouse over to the "Problems" pane and click on the tiny orange arrow.

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                      • Understand "offstage" or "off stage"

                        The compiler understands "off-stage" as meaning "removed from play," but it's easy to write "offstage" by mistake and then be confused - perhaps not even knowing that there is a correct phrasing. A compiler error suggesting the use of "off-stage" would probably be best, put perhaps synonyms would work better for some people (or be easier to implement).

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                        • Save per-project window position and size

                          The IDE should remember the position and size of each project window across app restarts, so that the next time you open a project, its window appears in the same place on the desktop when you last quit (or crashed).

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                          • Improve sound support and playback in the IDE

                            The three user interface applications differ with each other on the
                            extent to which they can play back sound effects in the Game panel:

                            (a) On Mac OS X, sounds are not played back; messages are printed instead.
                            While we would like to address this, issues with Apple's CoreAudio
                            and licensing problems with APIs present frustrating challenges.
                            (b) On Gnome for Linux, nothing happens; but it's expected that sound
                            playback will be easier to add.
                            (c) On Windows, sounds are played back normally, and there's no issue.

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                            • (Gnome/IDE) Optimise embedded testing interpreter performance, e.g. by allowing disabling the Skein entirely

                              The IDE's embedded testing interpreter is very sluggish on this otherwise reasonably fast i3 laptop, making the testing annoying if you want to skip fast through things.

                              The standalone glulxe for the very same game on the same computer is blazingly fast.

                              Please optimize the embedded testing interpreter performance and offer settings for performance tweaking, e.g. by allowing the IDE user to disable the Skein entirely to speed up things.

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                              • Automatically create an 'open' property when defining that a kind or a thing as 'openable'

                                Currently, defining that something (a specific object or a kind) can be or is openable does not allow the target to be 'opened' in the world model because a separate 'open' property also has to be defined. Inform 7 could safely assume that when something is defined as 'openable' then the 'open' property will be needed to track whether the object is open or closed.

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                                • 5 votes
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                                    This is currently in progress as an extension, “Damusix”, by a Spanish
                                    team. We continue to think that it is best for this kind of feature to
                                    exist through extensions rather than as part of the core library, but we
                                    are very pleased to see the work that has been done and wish the best to
                                    Eliuk Blau and others working on the project.

                                  • Have a "slow execution" option for the IDE interpreter

                                    Since the I7 compiler itself is pretty CPU-heavy, authors tend to run it on powerful desktop machines. The IDE interpreters therefore give no indication of how the game will play on slower (especially mobile) interpreters.

                                    Even an uncalibrated "slow me down" slider would be helpful. Calibrating it would be trickier, but nice.

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                                    • (Programming) Ability to make collective statements about regions

                                      As in

                                      The flooring object of a room in the outdoors is usually the ground.

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                                      • (IDE) Allow the (easy) extraction of the prose from the code.

                                        It would be useful to have a simple command to extract all the prose (non-code text) from the source, to let proofreader have a list of sentences instead of having them rummage through code or play the game and hope to find all text. This is done with Perl, i.e., but an in IDE simple menu item would be better.

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                                        • Reduce unnecessary disambiguation requests

                                          Parsing should respect the semantics of the library actions.

                                          When only one item out of the candidates is valid (according to the semantics of the action) then it is unnecessary to request disambiguation. E.g opening a door when only one door is closed.

                                          In 6G60 here are some fixes I found, (desiderata: use the most unlikely likelihood so users can override)

                                          [why not "opening a closed thing: it is likely"?
                                          a closed thing can be unopenable so it isn't necessarily possible that the player can open it
                                          ]
                                          Does the player mean opening an open thing: it is very unlikely. …

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