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|0000685||Core Inform||Assertions and creations||public||2011-07-01 06:54||2014-05-07 07:34|
|Target Version||Fixed in Version||6L02|
|Summary||0000685: Extraordinarily unhelpful error messages for illegal declarations|
|Description||Inform gives the following error messages for the source code below.|
"Problem. '"Fiddle" is a text' : Grateful as I generally am for your guidance, I think perhaps I could manage without this sentence.
Problem. '"Fiddle" is a topic' : And I am the King of Siam."
I think it's probably enough just to point out that these exist.
|Minimal Source Text To Reproduce|
There is a room. Fiddle is a thing. "Fiddle" is a text. "Fiddle" is a topic.
|Additional Information||Personally, I think assertions like '"Fiddle" is a text' ought to be legal. It's possible to create texts via relations, so why not declaratively? But even if it weren't reasonable on any level, the bare fact that there is a syntactic analogy with 'Fiddle is a thing' means that the attempt to create a text in this way deserves a decent response.|
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|Effect||(cosmetic) Error message is badly worded|
There's at least one more:
Problem. '4 is text' : That, sir, is a damnable lie.
Ron Newcomb (reporter)
While I agree that I wish
"Fiddle" is a text.
to be legal and interns the string, I was quite amused at once accidentally discovering the King of Siam.
I have never, though, told any lies. Related a few statistics, perhaps.
I'm not convinced that it's all that useful to be able to write
"Fiddle" is a text.
but you now can; the text is compiled into the I6 story file, but of course isn't used at the I7 level.
In other respects, well, I like Inform to have occasional amusing responses: cf. Apple's new toy.
|2011-07-01 06:54||ektemple||New Issue|
|2011-07-01 21:41||jmcgrew||Note Added: 0001211|
|2011-07-03 18:09||jmcgrew||Project||Documentation, Examples, and Web Site => Core Inform|
|2011-07-03 18:10||jmcgrew||Effect||=> (cosmetic) Error message is badly worded|
|2011-07-03 18:10||jmcgrew||Status||new => acknowledged|
|2011-07-03 18:10||jmcgrew||Category||IDE Error Pages => Assertions and creations|
|2011-07-04 17:34||EmacsUser||Status||acknowledged => confirmed|
|2011-10-12 23:10||Ron Newcomb||Note Added: 0001350|
|2011-10-15 10:10||graham||Note Added: 0001383|
|2011-10-15 10:10||graham||Status||confirmed => resolved|
|2011-10-15 10:10||graham||Resolution||open => fixed|
|2011-10-15 10:10||graham||Assigned To||=> graham|
|2014-05-07 07:34||jmcgrew||Fixed in Version||=> 6L02|
|2014-05-07 07:34||jmcgrew||Status||resolved => closed|
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