Continuous reading in Emacspeak and Cursor Movement

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sat Oct 3 01:54:38 UTC 2020

Not only that, it's entirely possible to miss text with continuous
reading due to buffer overflows.  I've had that happen several times on
Linux and on a Mac a few years ago.  Times happen when you have to
sacrifice yourself to the system and this is one Dr. Raman found out
about before all of us did.

You can tell when a buffer overflow has happened when continuous reading
appears to stop before a document has ended.

On Fri, 2 Oct 2020, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2020 12:51:19
> From: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: blinux-list at
> Subject: Re: Continuous reading in Emacspeak and Cursor Movement
> While I don't have any experience with emacspeak or emacs in general,
> I think this might just be the difference between a graphical screen
> reader and a console screen reader.
> As far as I know, pretty much every console screen reader just reads
> the raw text from the buffer that gets printed to the screen and
> really has no way of controlling what's on screen, while much of what
> Orca and other graphical screen readers depends on at-spi(or something
> similar) allowing two-way communication between screen reader and the
> active app from app to screen reader so Orca knows what to make the
> synth speak and orca to app to allow Orca some control over the app.
> In addition to allowing Orca to make a web browser or editor scroll as
> needed to allow continuous reading, I'm assuming this two-way
> communication is also why Orca can do hotkey navigation in
> Firefox/Chromium, but you don't get similar in elinks with a text-mode
> screen reader.
> Admittedly, emacspeak might be more integrated into emacs and have
> such two-way communication unlike a general purpose text-only screen
> reader.
> And if any of what I just said is wrong, please correct me, but yeah,
> I think you might need a talking text-based eBook reader to actually
> get continuous read without the GUI.
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