I thought I was going to have a second Hooks release to send my (alpha)betatesters by now, but vacation came, and camping came, and traveling came, and I though I would work on it during all of the above, but I didn’t, and so I’m behind my personal schedule.
But now I came back, and now I’m unemployed, which is great, since I tend to depress far more than I tend to take advantage of all that free time. I’ve been working on Hooks, though, working slowly, and I’m trying to get something to send out this week. Some of this something is visual, like a tiny window for hints, one that opens and closes. I decided that sharing it here would help me cheer this place up, this place where I’m at, too noisy to concentrate, the espresso too watery, and the AC terribly cold. Next, I’m probably going to hold my laptop high and yell at the very thin man who’s sitting in that table in front of me, staring at me for almost an hour, I’ll yell at him, Hey, do you like it or should I change colours? I wonder what will he say.
Chapter – Hint Engine
Section – Calling the Hints
To say open up (L – a hint):
open up hints-window;
move focus to hints-window;
say “[first custom style]HINT: [second custom style][wisdom of L][roman type][run paragraph on]“;
move focus to main-window.
To say shut down hint:
shut down hints-window.
Section – Hints Cosmetics
the hints-window is a text-buffer g-window. The main-window spawns the hints-window. the position of the hints-window is g-placeabove. the scale method of the hints-window is g-fixed-size. the measurement of the hints-window is 3. the hints-window has back-colour g-terracotta.
Table of User Styles (continued)
style name justification obliquity indentation first-line indentation boldness fixed width relative size glulx color
special-style-1 center-justified italic-obliquity 0 0 bold-weight proportional-font 0 g-white
special-style-2 center-justified italic-obliquity 0 0 regular-weight proportional-font 0 g-white
Section – A Collection Of Hints
hint is a kind of thing. A hint has some text called wisdom. The wisdom of a hint is usually “Doing fine.”
look-hint is a hint. the wisdom is “Enter [']LOOK['] at any time to get a fresh description of your current location.”