This is to announce Emacspeak-97 (code named Tennessee)
--a major upgrade to my speech output extension to Emacs.
Emacspeak 95 (code named Illinois)
was released on the Internet in May 1995 as the first complete
speech interface to UNIX workstations.
The subsequent release, Emacspeak-96 (code named Egypt) made
available in May 1996 provided significant enhancements to the
interface. Emacspeak-97 (Tennessee) goes further in providing a true audio
Major enhancements in this release include:
1)Flexible user defined pronunciation dictionaries
2) Ability to run emacspeak remotely
3) Full support for speech style sheets as per the appendix to
the CSS1 specification from W3C.
4) Speech support for the newly introduced widget libraries in Emacs
5) A powerful table browsing mode
6) A fluent speech interface to a spread sheet application
7)Support for view-process-mode --a powerful front-end to UNIX ps
8) Support for editing and maintaining bibtex databases with
9) Support for the enhanced ediff package in Emacs 19.30 and later
10) Support for RMAIL --the default Emacs mail reader.
... and a lot more ...
Appended below are the contents of the Emacspeak home page --visit
for details on what is new in this release.
You can also pick up emacspeak via anonymous ftp from
You can subscribe to the emacspeak mailing list
sending mail to the list owner
"greg e. priest-dorman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Emacspeak --A Speech Output Subsystem For Emacs
Announcing Emacspeak, a full-fledged speech output interface to Emacs.
Emacspeak is the first full-fledged speech output system that will allow
someone who cannot see to work directly on a UNIX system. (Until now, the only
option available to visually impaired users has been to use a talking PC as a
terminal.) Emacspeak is built on top of Emacs. Once you start emacs with
emacspeak loaded, you get spoken feedback for everything you do. Your mileage
will vary depending on how well you can use Emacs.There is nothing that you
cannot do inside Emacs:-)
Emacspeak Mailing List
There is a mailing list email@example.com that is being used to
disseminate information about emacspeak. If you use Emacspeak, you can
subscribe by sending email to greg e. priest-dorman. See the news pagefor
details on what's new in the latest release of Emacspeak.
I currently use Emacspeak at work on my Sparc20 workstation running SUNOS4.1;
while at Digital I used Emacspeak on my DECALPHA workstation running Digital
UNIX. I also use Emacspeak as the only speech output system on my laptop
running Linux. As a useful addition, contains the necessary files to make
Emacs easier to use at the Linux console. Emacspeak currently supports the new
Dectalk Express speech synthesizer, as well as older versions of the Dectalk
e.g. the MultiVoice. On the DECALPHA, you can use it with the software
Dectalk. (If you have a DECALPHA and also have software Dectalk installed at
your site, please get in touch with "firstname.lastname@example.org"> Krishna
You need GNU FSF Emacs 19 (version 19.23 or later) and TCLX 7.3B (Extended
TCL) to run Emacspeak.TCLX --the executable is called tcl on most systems-- is
*not* plain tcl --typically called tclsh on most systems.See the Emacspeak
distribution for additional details.
See the latest release notes to see what is new in the latest release. You can
download Emacspeak (123K) from this page. Emacspeak currently provides
additional non-speech auditory cues if you have a sound card. The collection
of auditory icons used by Emacspeak are contained in a tar file (170K). You
need download this only if you have a sound card and intend turning on
auditory icons. The tar archive containing the sounds has been separated from
the main Emacspeak tar archive since the sounds remain the same across
For a list of frequently asked questions about Emacspeak along with their
answers, see the Emacspeak FAQ. Emacspeak comes with full source level
documentation. There is an online info manual as well, but this is still
Emacspeak currently has extensions for many popular Emacs subsystems
o W3: A full-fledged W3 browser available by FTP. Emacspeak implements a
voice-lock mode analogous to Emacs' font-locking that allows it to speak
WWW hotlinks using different voice personalities.
o GNUS: The Emacs news reader. Emacspeak provides a fluent extension to
gnus that allows you to listen to Usenet news without taking your
fingers off the four arrow keys.
o VM: The Emacs VM mail reader. Emacspeak works with VM t.33]) by
mixer.visi.com (8.8.3/8.7.5) with SMTP id SAA08221; Fri, 22 Nov 1996
18:58:15 -0600 (CST)
Posted-Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 18:58:15 -0600 (CST)
Received: by bbs; 23 Nov 96 00:53:28
From: Mike.Freeman@f101.n105.z1.nfbnet.org (Mike Freeman)
Date: 20 Nov 96 11:51:00
Subject: AUDIO BALLOTS FOR THE BLI
X-Ftn-To: David Andrews
X-Listname: NFBnet Blind-Talk Mailing List
To: Blind-Talk@NFBnet.org (Multiple recipients of NFBnet Blind-Talk Mailing
Reply-To: Blind-Talk@NFBnet.org (Multiple recipients of NFBnet Blind-Talk
Organization: NFBnet -- Telnet to NFBnet.org
In a message to "Nancy K. Martin" <16 Nov 96 06:49> David Andrews wrote:
DA> There have also been proposals o have
DA> people vote via the Internet, etc. I
DA> think we will see great change in this
DA> area, with lots of new possibilities.
Holy Toledo! I can't imagine a more frightening prospect than
voting via the Internet! Lord, the security holes! I guess it
would be okay if everyone used PGP encryption but there's no way
everyone will do that! I won't buy anything over the Net! If I
won't buy anything, I sure as heck won't vote that way! Gracious
I agree that change is coming. Out here, at least, though, I
think it will come slower than you Easterners/MIdwesterners
--- PCRR QWK 1.60
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