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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:30 pm 
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Emily posted this in the Oxford/London IF Meetup thread but I thought I'd call it into its own topic for any followup discussion.

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I would love to see this "inter" tool and its easier ways to port the output of Inform into other paradigms, like Unity, hypertext, or touch-based apps.


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My favorite bits are that Inform authors might eventually have more options to publish directly to an app or a much more customizable website. I also like tagging link text in prose which still allows access to the parser world-model; essentially touch-links could be set up to trigger actions as if the player typed them.

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Yes, exactly. Hopefully the tool is sufficiently-fledged upon release this year that people will be able to get started on such implementations immediately.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:58 pm 
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They talked about disconnecting various parts of inform. It would be fun to see Inform’s text manipulation tools (as demonstrated in The Mary Jane of Tomorrow” show up in text games in the style of Voyageur or Choices.

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I'd be especially keen on an open-source Inform-based Versificator.

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Graham's vision has always been impressive, but I think there are a lot of more recent computer science philosophies that could help any IF platform. I have always been a proponent of separation of concerns and loosely coupled architectures. I don't think these ideas are at cross purposes with Graham's vision, but I do think Inform 6's standard library is a very tightly-coupled architecture that could use a significant rewrite. My one well-known interest is in separating ALL of the printing into a separate module with an additional module to do formatting or organizing for UI output.

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This is really interesting. I would love to know more, and I'm especially interested in how far work on Preform has come, and whether the intent is still for source code to eventually be localized.

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It was really interesting and I think that Inform is going in a good direction.

But as a French and the maintainer of the French extension, I'm a bit disappointed there were no discussion about Preform, as Eleas said. I still hope that the next Inform version (coming this year if I understood correctly) will have some new features regarding translations.

(I don't want to sound selfish. I'm happy Graham Nelson is doing what seems best for Inform's future.)


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Natrium729 wrote:
I'm a bit disappointed there were no discussion about Preform, as Eleas said.


Oh, I wouldn't put it quite like that. I'm not disappointed regarding Preform. I primarily work with old code, and I'm fully aware refactoring has to be done in a certain order. It's entirely understandable if Graham chooses to address what he feels will yield the greatest benefit. It may, for instance, be that the addition of inter obviates some kludge under the hood in Inform 7 and thus could simplify Preform. Or it could be that this is what Graham feels will address more glaring issues that I7 authors need resolved.

What I am is curious as to what plans, if any, exist for Preform development.

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