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  1. (Parsing) Reorder and modify tests created by "Understand ... when ..." to allow closer functionality to I6 parse_name() routines

    If an author tries something reasonable-looking like: 'Understand "with [number] spots" as a tribble when the spot count of the tribble is the number understood.' (in a situation where the tribble kind has a number property called spot count), the compiler does not complain, but the Understand grammar doesn't work, either.

    Close inspection of the generated source code shows that the tribble kind is assigned a function Parse_Name_GV## (with ## being a number) which includes

    a. a generated test (called Cond_Token_###) to determine if the condition that came after the "when" is true.

    b. a series of word-by-word tests looking…

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    • Use options for more template-internal constants

      Constant RE_MAX_PACKETS = 32;
      Constant MAX_NESTED_ACTIVITIES = 20;
      (Undoubtedly there are more examples, these are just the ones I've noted down.)

      Bumping these constants requires an inefficient template replacement. (You have to copy and paste a lot of template code to change one line.) Instead we could have use options: "Use maximum regexp packets of at least 32", "Use maximum nested activities of at least 20".

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      • Allow different kinds of value to support homonyms

        The compiler currently (6L38) doesn't like situations such as:

        Combat experience level is a kind of value. The combat experience levels are green, veteran, and elite.

        Color is a kind of value. The colors are red, green, and blue.

        This is understandable, but it is much more robust in handling potential name conflicts in other cases via type checking.

        It might be possible to allow this if it threw problem messages only when the correct kind of value is not deducible by context, at which point authors could use a construction like "the color green" or "the combat experience level…

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        • Move rule conditions to before the block value initialisation code

          If you're writing a rule which uses some kind of block value (indexed text, stored actions, lists etc), an I6 function is created which sets up new block values, which then runs the rule's function itself. The condition for the rule is in this second function. It should be moved to the first so that if the condition is not met then the block value code does not need to run.

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          • Make the default phrase option for moving the player to be LookAfterGoing

            Most often when the player is moved by the source text it is a similar situation to the player going a direction so it should follow the same conventions. As of now even the abbreviated room description phrase option does not have going spacing conventions.

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            • (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.

              • 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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                • Tracker Music (XM / IT format modules) Support

                  Add support to play music module files in XM (Fasttracker 2) or IT (Impulse Tracker) formats.

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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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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • (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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