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§4.8. New value properties

So much for either/or properties. Now we move on to properties which have values attached. The same principles apply, but the wording is different. For example,

A dead end has some text called the river sound. The river sound of a dead end is usually "a faint whispering of running water". The Tortuous Alcove has river sound "a gurgle of running water".

The property "river sound" is now applicable only to dead ends, so we would not be allowed to talk about "the river sound of the Savannah", say. Moreover, it's required to hold a piece of text. If we tried the following:

The river sound of the Tortuous Alcove is 7.

...then Inform would object, because the number 7 is the wrong kind of value to go into the "river sound" property. If we need a numerical property, we can try this instead:

A dead end has a number called the difficulty rating. The Tortuous Alcove has difficulty rating 7.

Suppose that we were to add:

The Exquisitely Narrow Defile is a dead end.

The Defile must have a river sound, of course, because we said that every dead end would have one. We haven't said what that river sound will be, but Inform can work it out, because we did say this:

The river sound of a dead end is usually "a faint whispering of running water".

If there are no instructions at all about the value of a property, Inform fills in the default value of the appropriate kind - in this case, it would be a blank text. (A table of the kinds which can be used for properties, and their default values, can be found in the Kinds index.)

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*ExampleWould you...?
Adding new properties to objects, and checking for their presence.

**ExampleStraw Boater
Using text properties that apply only to some things and are not defined for others.