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  1. Include the correct memory option in the "ran out of memory" report

    If you hit a memory limit in the I6 compiler, the IDE error page says:

    To get around this, look at the actual output produced by Inform 6 to see which memory setting was broken. For instance, suppose it said:
    The memory setting MAX_PROP_TABLE_SIZE (which is 30000 at present) has been exceeded.
    You then need to amend your Inform 7 source text to take account of this, by adding a sentence like the following:
    Use MAX_PROP_TABLE_SIZE of 50000.

    This is fixed text, rather than naming the memory limit that was actually breached. This confuses everybody the first time they hit…

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    • Allow extension documentation to be written in markdown

      The formatting for extension documentation is pretty sucky. The headings formats are incompatible with the main source text, and there is little else that's possible. It would be nice if extension documentation could be written in markdown, or even just allow HTML. The old way of including source code (indentation) should still be supported however.

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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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        • (Syntax) Allow overrides to phrases invoked by name

          In this code,

          - - - -
          There is a room.
          To say hello (this is greeting): say "Hello World!"
          To say hello: say "Hello Universe!"
          When play begins: say hello.
          - - - -

          the second greeting phrase overrides the first. But if instead the first phrase is invoked by name, as in

          - - - -
          When play begins: apply greeting.
          - - - -

          the override does not apply. Nor can one write

          - - - -
          To say hello (this is greeting): say "Hello Universe!"
          - - - -

          because even overrides are required to have…

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          • Display the documentation heading with CSS fixed positioning

            The heading of the documentation would be much more useful if it had CSS fixed positioning, so that it was always visible.

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            • (Website/Extensions) Archive old version of extensions *VW*

              Maintain old versions of extensions on the website so that authors who lose them can retrieve them.

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              • Parse valid responses to disambiguation requests as disambiguation requests rather than new commands

                When a disambiguation request is printed, Inform decides whether to process the next input as a response to the request or as a new command by checking to see whether the first word of the input is a verb. Ordinarily this works well, but it will break when an object's name contains a verb. See http://inform7.com/mantis/view.php?id=1127 for an example.

                In comments there, zarf says:
                "This has been the intended behavior since the I6 days. It would be bad if a disambiguation prompt made some other command untypable, by stealing its verb. (It is less bad if a disambiguation fails, because…

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                • Allow "<action> involves" tests to use a description of objects instead of a specific object

                  Currently (6L38), the following type of construction won't work:

                  A vegetable is a kind of thing.

                  Instead of doing something when the current action involves a vegetable (this is the PC avoids healthy foods at all costs rule):
                  say "No. I'll have nothing to do with vegetables."

                  The compiler complains specifically that a specific object is needed here instead of a description of objects, so this is aparently by design. However, it would dramatically simplify writing rules like the above to have this feature.

                  At present, the same logical end result can be achieved -- it just requires more laborious…

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                  • Have the compiler notice full stop in text substitutions

                    The compiler should add a line break when a text substitution ends with a full stop, commonly with a text of response entry, the same way it would if it was a regular string.

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                    • (World model/actions) Add a sanity-checking layer to action handling

                      Add checking for the sanity of an action before trying implicit actions (like the "Delicious, Delicious Rocks" example, where if we're trying to eat something, we notice it's inedible before rather than after implicitly picking it up).

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                      • Allow phrase "number of turns <condition>" or "number of times <condition>" to evaluate as a number

                        Although it is currently (6L38) possible to construct rules like:

                        Every turn:
                        if the player has been in Place for exactly one turn:
                        say "1.";
                        If the player has been in Place for exactly two turns:
                        say "2.";
                        If the player has been in Place for exactly three turns:
                        say "3."

                        this is obviously labor-intensive for larger sets of branches based on given values of elapsed time. It would be nice to be able to write something like:

                        Every turn:
                        let n be the number of turns player has been in Place;
                        say "[n]!"

                        and there are several other possible…

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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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                          • 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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                            • (Syntax) May conditional relations directly consult a rulebook

                              As is, we must use a To phrase (and global variables) as a go-between, just as the "can see" and "can touch" relations do. But this is such a powerful pattern that I feel it merits fluid expression:

                              The friendship rules are a rulebook.
                              Likability relates a person (called X) to a person (called Y) when the friendship rules succeed with X and Y.
                              A friendship rule: if X is.....

                              I think of this compound construct as a very good "design pattern" for Inform 7, much like using an amendable table to define kinds-of-value while holding all of an extension's…

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                              • Add themes to the text editing window

                                The linux version of the Inform 7 application has themes. The Windows version needs this feature to accommodate people with vision issues.

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                                • Show a list of recent projects on the splash page

                                  The splash page currently lets you start a new project, open the most recent project, or browse to open another project. The third option is alright if your projects are all in the one place, but if they're not it's a bit of a nuisance. Instead, a list of the most recent 5 or so projects could be shown for you to choose between (still with the option to browse if needed.)

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                                  • (Programming) "involving" to refer to both noun and second noun

                                    Ability to write

                                    Instead of doing something involving the baseball: ...

                                    as shorthand to catch both the case where the baseball is the noun and the one
                                    where it is the second noun; and perhaps also

                                    Instead of doing something indirectly to the baseball: ...

                                    to catch only the one where it is the second noun.

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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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                                      • (Syntax) Allow invocation of reversed relations by "the [noun] [verb]".

                                        If I have a relation "love," relating various people to various people, and I want to loop through the people that Chris loves, I have to (I believe) define a verb that implies the reversed loving relation and use that in the loop (e.g., "repeat with sweetie running through the people are beloved of Chris"). Would it be feasible to allow "repeat with sweetie running through people that Chris loves" to have the same effect? So that the description "[kind] that [noun] [relation]" would be equivalent to [kind] that [reversed-relation] [noun]", without needing to explicitly define the reversed relation.

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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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