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Emacspeak Users  --want to help Jamal out?

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Yes, I wish there were an objective, consumer evaluation of Emacspeak,
including comparisons between the access and applications it provides and
those associated with screen readers under Windows.  I think Raman is a
genious, and understand the nature of a press release, but some additional
perspective would be helpful to folks considering whether Linux is really
a viable altrnative to Windows.

Regards,
Jamal

 On Mon, 3 May 1999, bhanse wrote:

> Date: Mon, 3 May 1999 19:34:55 -0400
> From: bhanse <bhanse@flash.net>
> Reply-To: Multiple recipients of NFBnet NFBcs Mailing List
     <NFBcs@NFBnet.org>
> To: Multiple recipients of NFBnet NFBcs Mailing List <NFBcs@NFBnet.org>
> Subject: RE: Announcing Emacspeak-10.0 (WonderDog) (Forward From dandrews@visi.com)
> 
> 
> 
> Dave,
> Thanks for sending, though it sounds too good to be true! Please get 
> yourself, Curtis, Rich and whoever else should be looking at it going on an 
> evaluation.
> Thanks and congrats. Again.
> Buffa
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From:	David Andrews [SMTP:dandrews@visi.com]
> Sent:	Monday, May 03, 1999 12:30 PM
> To:	Multiple recipients of NFBnet NFBcs Mailing List
> Subject:	Announcing Emacspeak-10.0 (WonderDog) (Forward From 
> dandrews@visi.com)
> 
> 
> 
>            Announcing Emacspeak-10.0 (WonderDog).
>            --------------------------------------
> 
> For Immediate Release:
> 
> San Jose, Calif.,  (May 1, 1999)
>     Emacspeak-2000: Opening Doors To A Windows-Free 2000.
>     --Zero cost of ownership makes priceless software affordable!
> 
> 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 all aspects of
> the Internet such as Web-surfing and electronic messaging
> into the audio desktop, Emacspeak enables speech access to
> local and remote information with a consistent and
> well-integrated user interface.
> 
> Major Enhancements:
> -------------------
> 
> 0) Single click Web search from anywhere on the audio desktop.
> 
> 1) Simple DOM-based navigation of WWW pages
> 
> 2) Enhanced support for nested HTML tables to further enhance Emacspeak's
> already efficient navigation and browsing of structured and
> multicolumn WWW pages.
> 
> 3) Emacspeak 10.0 speech-enables all  new features introduced in
>    the upcoming Emacs 20.4.
> 
> 4)  Includes   Edition 2     of the Emacspeak Manual
> 
> See the NEWS file  for additional details.  The Emacspeak
> source distribution now includes a structured FAQ list
> designed to introduce new and old users to the Emacspeak
> environment.
> 
> Opening Doors To A Windows-Free 2000:
> -------------------------------------
> 
> Emacspeak is now bundled with all major Linux distributions.
> Extensive studies have shown that 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-2000 continues to innovate in the area of speech
> interaction and carries forward the well-established Open
> Source tradition of introducing user interface features that
> eventually show up in commercial user environments.  On this
> theme, when recently challenged by a proponent of a
> crash-prone but well-marketed windowing system with the
> assertion "Emacs is a system from the 70's", the creator of
> Emacspeak expressed surprize at the unusual candor manifest
> in the assertion that it would take popular idiot-proof
> interfaces until the year 2070 to catch up to where the
> Emacspeak audio desktop is today. Upon hearing this, the
> said proponent of the crash-prone system turned blue in the
> face (screen), crashed to the floor and refused to get
> booted (ever again).
> 
> 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.
> 
> History:
> --------
> 
> Emacspeak-10.0 --(AKA Emacspeak-2000) code named WonderDog--
> is the latest in a series 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
> Open Source 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.
> 
> Obtaining Emacspeak:
> --------------------
> 
> Visit Emacspeak at http://cs.cornell.edu/home/raman --You
> can also pick up emacspeak via anonymous ftp from
> ftp://ftp.cs.cornell.edu/pub/raman/emacspeak/.  You can
> subscribe to the emacspeak mailing list
> <emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu> by sending mail to the request
> address <emacspeak-request@cs.vassar.edu>.
> 
> About Emacspeak:
> ---------------
> 
> Based at Cornell (NY) <http://cs.cornell.edu/home/raman>
> --home to Auditory User Interfaces (AUI) on the WWW--
> Emacspeak is mirrored world-wide by an international netwrok
> of software archives and bundled with all major Linux
> distributions on CDROM.  On Monday, April 12, 1999,
> Emacspeak became part of the Permanent Research Collection
> on Information Technology at the Smithsonian's National
> Museum of American History.
> 
>   The Emacspeak mailing list is archived at
> <http://www.cs.vassar.edu/~priestdo/emacspeak/> --thanks to
> Greg Priest-Dorman.
> 
> About This Release:
> -------------------
> 
> This press release is certified to be Y2K compliant.
> More importantly,  the software described is W2K free.
> 
> Press/Analyst Contact:  Aster Labrador
>               http://cs.cornell.edu/home/raman/aster/aster.gif
> 
> Windows-Free (WF)  is a favorite  battle-cry of
> The League Against Forced Fenestration (LAFF).
> 
> CopyWrite  )C( Aster Labrador. All Writes Reserved.
> WonderDog (DM),BlackDog (DM) and Labrador (DM) are Registered Dogmarks of 
> Aster Labrador.
> All other dogs belong to their respective owners.
> 
> --
> Best Regards,
> --raman
> 
>       Adobe Systems                 Tel: 1 408 536 3945   (W14-128)
>       Advanced Technology Group     Fax: 1 408 537 4042
>       W14-128 345 Park Avenue     Email: raman@adobe.com
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>       http://cs.cornell.edu/home/raman/    (Cornell)
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>     Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are my own and in no way should be 
> taken
> as representative of my employer, Adobe Systems Inc.
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