An interactive fiction by Juhana Leinonen (2008) - the Inform 7 source text

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Book 9 - New verbs

Part Reading

[this is copied almost word-for-word from the Inform manual chapter 16.3]
A thing has some text called printing. The printing of a thing is usually "".

Understand the command "read" as something new. Understand "read [something]" as reading. Reading is an action applying to one thing requiring light.

Check reading (this is the nothing written rule):
    if the printing of the noun is "":
        say "There's nothing written on [the noun]." instead.

Carry out reading:
    say "[printing of the noun][line break]".