Emacspeak-27.0 (FastDog) Unleashed!

Willie Walker William.Walker at Sun.COM
Mon Nov 26 14:04:04 UTC 2007

Congrats!  I still need to try to get the emacspeak TTS server and Orca 
working better.  Things still seem like they take way too much work to 
get them going.


T. V. Raman wrote:
>                Emacspeak-27.0 (FastDog) Unleashed!
>                ----------------------------------
> For Immediate Release:
> San Jose, Calif., (Nov 24, 2007)
>     Emacspeak: Bringing Cutting-Edge Access For   Sharp  Users
>     --Zero cost of upgrades/downgrades makes priceless software affordable!
> Emacspeak Inc (NASDOG: ESPK) --http://emacspeak.sf.net--
> announces the immediate world-wide availability of Emacspeak 27.0
> --a powerful audio desktop for leveraging today's evolving data
> and service-oriented semantic Web.
> Investors Note:
> ---------------
> With several prominent analysts expanding coverage, NASDOG: ESPK
>  has now been consistently trading over the net at levels close
>  to that once attained by DogCom high-fliers.
> 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 live access to all aspects
> of the Internet such as Web-surfing, blogging 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.
> Major Enhancements:
> -------------------
>   1.  emacspeak-web: Updated Web interaction.
>   2.  emacspeak-ess: Speech-enables Emacs Statistics Interface
>   3.  Header Line Support:
>   4. Windows Key Now Stops Speech
>   5.Smarter mode-line output:
>   6.  Google Suggest provides completion for search queries.
>   7.  Integrated Support For Google Services
>   8. emacspeak-moz:  Firefox integration.
>   9. Emacspeak-webmarks: Online bookmarks.
> Plus many more changes too numerous to fit in this margin ...
> 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.  As the system
> evolves, both upgrades and downgrades continue to be available at
> the same zero-cost to all users.  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 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 mousetrap 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 still looking for volunteers to
> star in a video demonstrating such complete user failure.
> Obtaining Emacspeak:
> --------------------
> Emacspeak can be downloaded from Google Code Hosting --see
> http://code.google.com/p/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
> Subversion from Google Code Hosting at 
> http://emacspeak.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/
> History:
> --------
> Emacspeak 27.0 --- AKA FastDog --- is the latest in a sequence of
>  upgrades that make previous releases obsolete and downgrades
>  unnecessary.  Emacspeak 26 --- AKA LeadDog --- continues the
>  tradition of introducing innovative access solutions that are
>  unfettered by the constraints inherent in traditional adaptive
>  technologies.  Emacspeak 25 -- AKA ActiveDog -- re-activates
>  open, unfettered access to online information.  Emacspeak-Alive
>  -- AKA LiveDog -- enlivens open, unfettered information access
>  with a series of live updates that once again demonstrate the
>  power and agility of open source software development.
>  Emacspeak 23.0 -- AKA Retriever --- went the extra mile in
>  fetching full access.  Emacspeak 22.0 -- AKA GuideDog -- helps
>  users navigate the Web more effectively than ever before.
>  Emacspeak 21.0 -- AKA PlayDog -- continued 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.
> About Emacspeak:
> ----------------
> 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
> GoogleCode --http://code.google.com/p/emacspeak -- and
> Sourceforge -- http://emacspeak.sf.net.  The system 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
> History.
> 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.
> LiveDog (DM), GoldenDog (DM), BlackDog (DM) etc., are Registered
> Dogmarks of Aster and Hubbell Labrador.  All other dogs belong to
> their respective owners.

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