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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:23 pm 
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Quick question, and it may sound like a dumb one.
Why Vorple, and not Blorple?
The tradition in the IF sceen is to name various and sundry things after Infocom spells and/or things (the Treaty of Babel, Frotz, Blorb, Etc.). So why not Blorple?


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I'd venture it's a good name - I didn't even realize it wasn't an actual Infocom spell until just now.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:46 am 
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From what I guessed, it comes from the Vorpal sword mentionned in the poem Jabberwocky (Lewis Carroll).

The hints that led me to this conclusion:


Now, why this name was chosen, and why "Vorple" and not "Vorpal", we'll have to wait an official answer.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:40 pm 
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The reason is somewhat convoluted and uninteresting, I'm afraid. The early proof-of-concept demos used Google's Closure library which has "goog" as its main namespace. The custom "Vorpal" methods used similarly the "vorp" namespace. Therefore because goog --> Google, then vorp --> Vorple.

Naming tools and interpreters after Infocom spells was already in decline, and I didn't want to tie a "future-oriented" thing too much to the past.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:33 am 
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So I've gotten Vorple up and running and tried a few examples. There's one piece of functionality I don't really understand: whenever I click on the ">" prompt (any example really), I get a hover menu containing a few commands (presumably some of my commands, but oddly enough not the latest). What's happening there? Can I change that behavior? The Vorple source itself yields no obvious clue.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:05 am 
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I think that's the browser's autocomplete feature that suggests past input when you focus on the input field. You can disable it by editing the Templates/Vorple/(manifest).txt file and changing line 69 to:

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    <form id="lineinput" autocomplete="off">

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:56 am 
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That's interesting! Is there documentation that covers this and similar functionality?

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There aren't many other relevant options, but they're listed at MDN here, here and here.

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