Alter Aeon FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
FAQ 20.6 - What are the conventions for object strings?
Name string: Object name strings are the keywords by which an object can
be targetted. Name strings should have NO capitals, and should only
contain valid handles to call the object. Words like 'a', 'an', and
'the' are ALWAYS incorrect and will be posted as an error on 'rack check'.
Inventory string: This is the string seen when an object is used, or when
seen in a players inventory. Inventory strings should almost always start
without a capital letter, the ONLY exceptions being objects with a proper
name. An inventory string is NOT a complete sentence. Inventory strings
typically start with an article such as 'a', 'an', or 'the'.
Ground string: This is the string seen when a player 'look's in a room
and happens to see the object lying on the ground. Ground strings should
be complete sentences with punctuation. If the ground string exceeds 78
characters in width, soft returns should be used by inserting '%n' into
Long descriptions should follow the same rules as for rooms, but can be
shorter for generic objects.