How do I setup Parchment not for Inform 7 (vanilla Parchment) for version 5 or 8 storyfiles?


#1

I am wondering how to use Parchment from the curiousdannii github with version 5 or 8 storyfiles from ZILF or Inform 6. I understand how to use the z5/z8 and js base64 file and exploit it from a premade Inform 7 parchment compiled story file (it is not without its problems that way). The idea is to set up using a similar minimal version of the Inform 7, but not with Inform 7.


#2

The easiest way is just to use Inform 7! Which is a pretty big overhead if all you want is the fancy release features, but it’s definitely the most user-friendly way.

Once you have your Z-code file, make a new I7 project, put the Z-code into the .materials folder, and “Release along with an existing story file.” This will make Inform only run the packaging part, using your own Z-code instead of the output of its compiler. (See §25.15 in the manual.)


#3

The (hard to find) wiki page explains how to set options.

So all you need to do is add this to the html:

<script>
parchment_options = {
    default_story: [ 'stories/mygame.z5', 'stories/mygame.z5.js' ],
};
</script>

#5

thank you Dannii for the information, as soon as I get to my linux workstation I will give that a go with my beta storyfile!


#6

I use Linux as my OS to edit with Inform 7, how do I go about the .materials directory? It’s an Ubuntu distro (Lubuntu 16.04/Xennial), is it in my /home folder?


#7

You’ll have a SomeProjectName.inform directory somewhere, which is your project itself. Next to it will be a SomeProjectName.materials directory. That’s the one you want.


#8

thanks and cheers man!


#10

This is my original z5 file of horror.z5 in with Gargoyle… It runs flawlessly…

However, this how it plays in parchment, via released with Parchment through Inform 7 as per your instructions, it compiled corrected evidently with no error, and this is what I got afterwards…

Am I doing something wrong?


#11

actually I find it easier to use Dannii’s vanilla Parchment in the end, it is working smoothly compared to Inform 7, I already some prior web designing (at least amateur if not entry level) experience. So thanks Draconis, and thank you Dannii!


#12

I was wondering, is there way to choose the color scheme? Like changing the paper white back ground, black text, and black and white status line?

So far got a ZILF 0.8 compiled file running on Parchment, plus added some HTML image tags for the title banner on top. It’s not as hard as some people think, just wish I knew the script lines of loading the storyfile into Parchment alot sooner then later XD


#13

Yep, just change the stylesheet how you like: https://github.com/curiousdannii/parchment/blob/master/lib/parchment.min.css