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Re: more questions

Hi all,

Jason, thank you.  This is most interesting.  I don't mind learning a new
mailer, really I don't.  I just was curious as to how emacspeak worked.
You have answered my question.  So, in other words, if I have one computer,
it's better to use the features of Emacspeak because how can you run a
term-emulator on one computer?  If I had two computers I could use emacs as
a term-emulator?  Sorry if I seem like I'm asking a bunch of dumb
questions, but I don't want to go into this and discover that I've
overlooked some kind of problem.  I don't want to make the same mistake I
made when I chose my windows access package.

I know I can't give up windows, wish I could, but I plan to use Emacspeak
and Linux as much as I can.

Ann P.
At 10:07 AM 11/21/98 +1100, Jason White wrote:
>It is possible to run Pine and other applications from within Emacs using
>the terminal emulator. Emacspeak provides screen reading functions which
>make it possible to review the terminal window. However, in using
>Emacspeak in this way, one loses most of the benefit of having a "speech
>output sub-system" rather than a screen reader.
>Emacspeak provides speech functions which make it very convenient to use
>the e-mail software available for Emacs (especially the vm mail reader).
>When you move to a new message, for example, Emacspeak gives you a
>succinct message, which informs you of the sender's name, the subject of
>the message and how many lines of text it contains. If you choose to read
>the message, the headers are not announced as they would be with a screen
>reader; Emacspeak moves straight to the text.
>Documentation for vm is provided with the software.
>Thus I think you will find that the benefits of using a speech-enabled
>e-mail programme from within Emacs outway the effort of learning a new
>mail package. The same can be said of the Emacs W3 web browser, which,
>when extended by Emacspeak, uses audio style sheets to control the speech.
>What this amounts to in practice is that different voices will be used to
>highlight headings, lists of items, emphasis, etc., and that Emacspeak and
>W3 together provide commands for navigating through tables efficiently.
>Forms are also handled especially well.
>The only reason why I am not using Emacspeak to send and receive e-mail at
>the moment is that the network cable in the building where my computer
>normally resides was cut when some construction work took place late last
>year, and is still waiting to be repaired (the network on that floor is
>rarely used and thus it has taken far too long for it to be fixed).
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