I wish this 12 new categories for Snap! 7.0:
New Categories for the Snap! 7.0:
1.Text to Speech
8.Sprites and Clones
9.Developer Blocks (only in developer mode)
New Categories, but are from a principal categories:
10.Events, is Control but in a separated categories.
11.Lists, is Variables but in a separated categories.
12.Strings, is Operators but in separated categories.
Most of these would be better for libraries than categories, as there'd only be a few utility blocks for each one.
This would not better your programming at all. Programming skill isn't based on how good the language is, it's based on how well you understand the language and how much you've practiced.
i'm starting to think you haven't read any of my original post
Most of the things you're suggesting are already available in libraries. And some of them would really be tiny categories, one or two blocks. Take text to speech, first on your list; the existing text to speech library has two blocks, SPEAK and SPEAK AND WAIT, like the sounds blocks.
Splitting events from control is something we're considering, and separating lists from variables is something we'll definitely do at some point.
Yes but the text to speech API that most browsers support allows one to choose the voice (often several for the same language/dialect). And if a particular browser doesn't have the specified "accent" (wrongly named since often that voice can speak that language in addition to speaking English with an accent) then it uses the default voice - no way to ask what voices are available.
Also one may want to have a hat for when speech finishes. Also there should be block for stopping speech. And the stop sign doesn't stop the speech.
The stop sign not stopping speech sounds to me like a bug, not like something we need more blocks for. The STOP ALL SOUNDS block should stop speech, too. This may mean that the library needs to change some existing procedures in Snap! itself. The library blocks do have an input for the language. I'm not sure if the browser will tell us what accents/voices/languages are available. But if so, that would be a good addition to the library.
Probably better if Snap! triggers events that library authors can "listen" to. Redefining things like ide.stopAllScripts is a kludge that mostly works. But easy to get wrong, introduce unwanted dependencies, and will cause problems if more than one library is extending the same Snap! function.
stop-all-sounds and stop-all-scripts come to mind as new events but there are probably many more.
Yes, that would solve your immediate use case. What I was trying to say was that the next library writer might want a signal about something other than StopAllWhatever, and we'd have to modify Snap! to send that signal too.
I suggest someone familiar with the codebase produce a list - my guess is that it would be very small. pauseAllScripts and resumeAllScipts are the only additional ones I know of. But note that all of these are about Snap! events that influence an ongoing activity. Maybe someday playing video will be added.