Hi, If I had to identify my targeted audience, I'd have to say it's the following: Sales people who rely on text to create proposals and the like Teachers, instructors, musicians, historians, clerks and the like who rely on text pretty heavily but do not have a technical background Programmers and those who want to be and have been banging their heads against things like visual studio, borland, eclipse and the like and all the visual syntax highlighting prevalent there but whose entire pc experience has been gui and not console students, housewives, businessmen and others who could use things like agendas, web browsers, chat clients, twiter clients, facebook clients, write letters, read books, send e-mail ... oh, everyone, you know. As for maintainability, I've thought about submitting updates to the stuff I found out there already. The trouble is, I would end up having to rewrite a lot of it and rewriting is always far more time-consuming than just starting from scratch for me. I want to write what I've got in mind in a pretty modular way that makes it easier to make additions or updates to as the software changes. My initial targeted user base is the growing number of people who are using the Vinux distribution of Linux based on Ubuntu. We get people anywhere from those who used Unix in the past and decided to check Linux out after a long hiatus (yours truly), kids in high school who have never known a command line in all of their lives, retired people who can't afford Windows and all the licensing it costs associated with it, and, this is recent, complete newcomers to computers who are being introduced to them in India by a few of our number. Lots of these people in developing countries could never afford windows and the assistive tech it offers and, often, had no idea that they could use computers and be productive. I don't think we are going to go away soon as we are getting more andmore users and have actually begun to organize ourselves into special groups in charge of development, testing and documentation for various aspects of the Linux environment ranging from console-based applications with Speakup as the screen reader, Gnome apps with Orca, and, of course, Emacspeak. The goal is to provide fully accessible operating system for blind people to use for all their computer needs and completely without sighted assistance, expensive hardware or software and available to people of all levels of computer competence. It is these people who will probably be the very first to use this guide. It will be freely available to all, however, and I would be honored beyond words if it were to be placed in a location that would allow everyone who might potentially use Emacspeak to benefit from it. I've got to write it first though and contributions from anyone on this list in the form of feedback, corrections ETC. would be absolutely invaluable because I don't want to make it just OK, I want to make it insanely good, to steal from Steve Jobs' slogans. Thanks. Alex M On 2/11/11, Jason White <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Stephen Cagle <email@example.com> wrote: > >> Just some random things to consider: >> Will emacspeak ever be useful to less technically inclined people? That >> is, >> will it always primarily be used by programmers and other technical >> persons >> who use emacs? Is it possible to get less technical people to use emacs? >> Is >> it worthwhile? > > My own opinion is that there are two likely audiences here. > > 1. People who are already technically knowledgeable, but new to Emacs and > Emacspeak. > > 2. Beginners in both UNIX and Emacs, who are not technically knowledgeable > now, but who want to become so in order to gain the benefits of technology > that come with skill and competence. In other words, they want to move out > of > the "non-technical end user" category because they realize that knowledge is > better than ignorance and that one can be so much more productive and > effective by learning to use powerful software tools. > > Those who really aren't interested in learning and who don't enjoy it aren't > likely to stay around; I think that having the right attitude is of the > greatest importance, aside from fulfilling fundamental prerequisites such as > good language and literacy skills and the ability to type properly. > > For people who think primarily in terms of text and language, there's > nothing > that equals, let alone surpasses, the UNIX tradition, and Emacs is a superb > environment in which to gain the benefits. > > There is more that I could say about learning Linux/UNIX in general, but it > would be off-topic for this list, so I'll leave it there for now. > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- > To unsubscribe from the emacspeak list or change your address on the > emacspeak list send mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org" with a > subject of "unsubscribe" or "help". > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the emacspeak list or change your address on the emacspeak list send mail to "email@example.com" with a subject of "unsubscribe" or "help".
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