Hi.

removing the status line would be handy indeed. as regards a replacement for the greater than symbol, ---- well as I said I got used to greater than indicating that I should type something, but I do see your point especially for starting if players.


Obviously the phrase should be very short, but should indicate what's going on.

how about "your move?" or "your turn?" as in a chess game. inserting the question mark will give the right intonation to a synth, and make it an enquiry, where as given the business with sapi reading punctuation marks which has already been mentioned, you: might litterally read as "you colon" which could be a trifle destracting.

Question marks however are not commonly read by sapi, so this would be a more logical symbol to use.

Obviously, when using usual screen readers like hal, it's possible to set read punctuation anyway so either wouldn't matter too much, ----- though it's also worth noting that most synths will add correct intonation for a question.

Beware the Grue!

Dark.
----- Original Message ----- From: <neoph...@inthecompanyofgrues.com>
To: <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 9:21 AM
Subject: [Audyssey] Changing the greater than symbol in interactive fiction



Hi all,

Over the past week or so, I've been learning Inform 7 and discovered
tonight that you can change the greater than symbol prompt in interactive
fiction games with a single line of code. You can also turn off the status
lines at the top, which refresh each turn.

Changing both would mean you'd no longer have to hear something like this
each turn: "fork in the path of the road moves one hundred and twenty two
greater than".

So, I want to create a simple test room and try some of it out, but I'd
like some suggestions as to what you think the prompt should be changed
to. Would you want to hear another symbol, or a word? Perhaps a phrase?

I'm trying to think what would work for both V I and sighted players, and
give beginners an idea that they need to type something.

How about "Command colon" or "You colon"? (Obviously the word colon in
those two phrases would be a colon symbol, not the word.)

Anyway, let me know what you think.

Cheers,

Neophyte.



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