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Re: Emacs and the modern world



On Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 02:23:57PM -0700, Tyler Spivey wrote:
> How relevant is Emacs, and thus by extension emacspeak, in
> today's modern world? I've been reading the Emacspeak papers,
> and the entire concept of an audio user interface sounds interesting, and certainly
> would sound better than the current screen readers trying to read the
> screen, and not knowing anything about the content. Given all that,
> FireVox and FireFox can be used with the web once they mature,
> but is Emacs still a good system for working on audible user interfaces
> given its age, and the possibility of alternatives existing?

At the moment, there aren't any such alternatives. See the later paragraphs of
this article for an analysis:
http://steve-yegge.blogspot.com/2008/04/xemacs-is-dead-long-live-xemacs.html

It is also a mistake to believe that because a piece of software is old, there
must be something better available by now. In fact, some of the best software
is good precisely due to its having been developed and improved over decades,
with contributions from a vibrant community.

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