Emacspeak 21.0 --PlayDog-- Unleashed! (fwd)
hzo at gmx.de
Fri Nov 26 13:38:08 UTC 2004
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Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 11:57:44 -0800
From: T. V. Raman <tvraman at comcast.net>
To: Hans Zoebelein <hzo at gmx.de>
Subject: Emacspeak 21.0 --PlayDog-- Unleashed!
Emacspeak-21.0 (PlayDog) Unleashed!
For Immediate Release:
San Jose, Calif., (Nov 26, 2004)
Emacspeak-2004: Liberating Experienced Users
--Zero cost of ownership makes priceless software affordable!
Emacspeak Inc (NASDOG: ESPK) --http://emacspeak.sf.net-- announces
the immediate world-wide availability of Emacspeak 21.0 --a powerful
audio desktop for leveraging today's evolving service-oriented
With several prominent analysts expanding coverage, NASDOG: ESPK is
now trading over the net at levels close to that once attained by
What Is It?
Emacspeak is a fully functional audio desktop that provides complete
eyes-free access to all major 32 and 64 bit operating
environments. By seamlessly blending all aspects of the Internet
such as Web Services, Web-surfing and electronic messaging into the
audio desktop, Emacspeak enables speech access to local and remote
information with a consistent and well-integrated user interface. A
rich suite of task-oriented tools provides efficient speech-enabled
access to the evolving service-oriented semantic Web.
0) New WebSearch wizards.
1) New smart URLs.
2) Speech-enables EMMS --- a unified interface to multimedia.
3) Speech-enables CEDET-1.0 --- an integrated Emacs IDE.
4) Speech-enables NXML outline support.
5) Speech-enables Emacs 21.3.50.
See the NEWS file for additional details.
Establishing Liberty, Equality And Freedom:
Never a toy system, Emacspeak is now voluntarily bundled with all
major Linux distributions. Though designed to be modular,
distributors have freely chosen to bundle the fully integrated
system without any undue pressure --- a documented success for the
integrated innovation embodied by the system. The integrity of the
Emacspeak codebase is ensured by the reliable and secure Linux
platform used to develop and distribute the software.
Extensive studies have shown that thanks to these features, users
consider Emacspeak to be absolutely priceless. Thanks to this
wide-spread user demand, the present version is being made available
at the same zero-cost as earlier releases.
At the same time, Emacspeak-2004 continues to innovate in the
area of speech and multimodal interaction and carries forward the
well-established Open Source tradition of introducing user
interface features that eventually show up in luser environments.
On this theme, when once challenged by a proponent of a crash-prone
but well-marketed windowing system with the assertion "Emacs is a
system from the 70's", the creator of Emacspeak evinced surprise at
the unusual candor manifest in the assertion that it would take
popular idiot-proven interfaces until the year 2070 to catch up to
where the Emacspeak audio desktop is today. Industry experts
welcomed this refreshing breath of Courage Certainty and Clarity
(CCC) at a time when users are reeling from the Fear Uncertainty and
Doubt (FUD) unleashed by complex software systems backed by even
more convoluted press releases.
Independent Test Results:
Independent test results have proven that unlike some modern (and
not so modern) software, Emacspeak can be safely uninstalled without
adversely affecting the continued performance of the computer. These
same tests also revealed that once uninstalled, the user stopped
functioning altogether. Speaking with Aster Labrador, the creator of
Emacspeak once pointed out that these results re-emphasize the
user-centric design of Emacspeak; "It is the user --and not the
computer-- that stops functioning when Emacspeak is uninstalled!".
Note from Aster and Bubbles:
UnDoctored Videos Inc. is currently looking for volunteers to
star in a video demonstrating such complete user failure.
Emacspeak can be downloaded from sourceforge --see
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/emacspeak/ You can visit
Emacspeak on the WWW at http://emacspeak.sf.net. You can subscribe
to the emacspeak mailing list emacspeak at cs.vassar.edu by sending
mail to the list request address emacspeak-request at cs.vassar.edu.
The latest development snapshot of Emacspeak is available via
anonymous CVS from sourceforge.
Emacspeak 21.0 -- AKA PlayDog -- continues the Emacspeak
tradition of relying on enhanced productivity to liberate users.
Emacspeak-20.0 -- AKA LeapDog -- continues the long established
GNU/Emacs tradition of integrated innovation to create a
pleasurable computing environment for eyes-free interaction.
emacspeak-19.0 --AKA WorkDog-- is designed to enhance user
productivity at work and leisure. Emacspeak-18.0 --code named
GoodDog-- continued the Emacspeak tradition of enhancing user
productivity and thereby reducing total cost of ownership.
Emacspeak-17.0 --code named HappyDog-- enhances user productivity
by exploiting today's evolving WWW standards. Emacspeak-16.0
--code named CleverDog-- the follow-up to SmartDog-- continued
the tradition of working better, faster, smarter. Emacspeak-15.0
--code named SmartDog--followed up on TopDog as the next in a
continuing a series of award-winning audio desktop releases from
Emacspeak Inc. Emacspeak-14.0 --code named TopDog--was the first
release of this millennium. Emacspeak-13.0 --codenamed
YellowLab-- was the closing release of the
20th. century. Emacspeak-12.0 --code named GoldenDog-- began
leveraging the evolving semantic WWW to provide task-oriented
speech access to Webformation. Emacspeak-11.0 --code named
Aster-- went the final step in making Linux a zero-cost Internet
access solution for blind and visually impaired
users. Emacspeak-10.0 --(AKA Emacspeak-2000) code named
WonderDog-- continued the tradition of award-winning software
releases designed to make eyes-free computing a productive and
pleasurable experience. Emacspeak-9.0 --(AKA Emacspeak 99) code
named BlackLab-- continued to innovate in the areas of speech
interaction and interactive accessibility. Emacspeak-8.0 --(AKA
Emacspeak-98++) code named BlackDog-- was a major upgrade to the
speech output extension to Emacs.
Emacspeak-95 (code named Illinois) was released as OpenSource 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) went
further in providing a true audio desktop. Emacspeak-98
integrated Internetworking into all aspects of the audio desktop
to provide the first fully interactive speech-enabled WebTop.
Originally based at Cornell (NY)
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/raman --home to Auditory User
Interfaces (AUI) on the WWW-- Emacspeak is now maintained on
SourceForge --http://emacspeak.sf.net-- and is mirrored
world-wide by an international network of software archives and
bundled voluntarily with all major Linux distributions. On
Monday, April 12, 1999, Emacspeak became part of the
Smithsonian's Permanent Research Collection on Information
Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American
The Emacspeak mailing list is archived at Vassar --the home of the
Emacspeak mailing list-- thanks to Greg Priest-Dorman, and provides a
valuable knowledge base for new users.
Press/Analyst Contact: Hubbell Labrador
Going forward, BubbleDog acknowledges her exclusive monopoly on
setting the direction of the Emacspeak Audio Desktop, and
promises to exercise this freedom to innovate and her resulting
power responsibly (as before) in the interest of all dogs.
About This Release:
Windows-Free (WF) is a favorite battle-cry of The League Against
Forced Fenestration (LAFF). --see
http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f3800/msjudgex.htm for details on
the ill-effects of Forced Fenestration.
CopyWrite )C( Aster and Hubbell Labrador. All Writes Reserved.
GoldenDog (DM), BlackDog (DM) etc.,
are Registered Dogmarks of Aster and Hubbell Labrador.
All other dogs belong to their respective owners.
Email: raman at cs.cornell.edu
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