What does it even mean, “applying to nothing”?
If I write
Standing is an action applying to nothing.
how is it different from
Standing is an action.
Was it ever meant to do something? Is it meant to do something in future versions of Inform? …or is it just superflous?
Oh, I see. You can’t actually write “Standing is an action.”. I was writing “Requesting help is an action out of world applying to nothing.”.
It means that you’re specifying the command is not followed by a noun.
I know, but isn’t that already implied? When it comes to actions out of world, it’s implied, but still I saw I-think-it-was Reed make a “Blah is an action out of world applying to nothing.” declaration, and I figured that if HE does it, it must have some point to it.
It’s just clearer. You can also have actions out of world applying to things, which are a handy replacement for “understand as a mistake” when you need a does the player mean rule to apply.