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Debian package emacspeak_12.0-1.deb

I have packaged emacspeak 12.0 for Debian.  Eventually, you should be
able to find it here in any Debian mirror site:


It is also at my web site:


and at the blinux ftp site.

The next Debian release ("potato") will be at least another month
away.  However, since the freeze date has passed, it will not include

The README.debian file follows.

                       - Jim Van Zandt <jrv@vanzandt.mv.com>

emacspeak for DEBIAN

Emacspeak is authored by T. V. Raman <ramantv@earthlink.net>.  These
are the primary changes made in building the Debian package: html and
plain text versions of the documentation were added.  A configuration
script (/usr/sbin/emacspeakconfig) and associated speech server
descriptions (/usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/emacspeak/blurbs/*) were
added.  Manual pages for emacspeak and the configuration script were
added.  Minor changes are listed in changelog.Debian.

Starting with version 11.0, the Emacspeak sources include a speech
server written in C++ for the IBM ViaVoice Outloud speech synthesis
software.  However, it depends on the ViaVoice Outloud runtime kit
which does not meet the Debian Free Software Guidelines.  (It is
available only as object code, and only under a temporary license.)
Therefore, support for ViaVoice is not included in this Debian
package.  IBM is making beta copies of ViaVoice for i386 available
without charge.  If you would like to try it, you can download it from
http://www.ibm.com/software/speech/dev/downloads.html.  It comes in
the form of two RPM files.  You can convert these to Debian packages
and install them as follows:
	alien -d ViaVoice_Outloud_rtk-5.0-1.0.i386.rpm
	alien -d ViaVoice_Outloud_sdk-5.0-1.0.i386.rpm
	dpkg -i --force-overwrite viavoice-outloud-rtk_5.0-2_i386.deb \
(The --force-overwrite flag is necessary because the two packages
contain the file /usr/lib/ViaVoiceOutloud/bin/inigen.)  At this point,
please read /usr/doc/ViaVoiceOutloud/rtlicens.txt.gz and decide
whether you can accept the terms of the IBM license.  If so, you can
then unpack the Emacspeak sources (either from
debian/dists/stable/main/source/editors/emacspeak_11.0.orig.tar.gz on
a cdrom or a Debian archive mirror, or else from
ftp://ftp.cs.cornell.edu/pub/raman/emacspeak/) and follow the
instructions in linux-outloud/NOTES to build and install the speech

Starting with version 10.0, Dr. Raman has rewritten the documentation
files.  Approximately 100 commands are described there, compared to
over 800 in the documentation shipped with the previous release.
Therefore, the user should pay particular attention to the section
"Using Online Help".

Many command-line applications can be run under emacs, and can
therefore be made accessible with emacspeak.  Much of this is
explained in the documentation entitled "Running Terminal Based
Applications".  However, it is worth emphasizing this point: "For
regular shell interaction just use M-x shell instead of using the
terminal emulator."

The example file "tables.html" was supplied by Dr. Raman in a separate
email.  It may be found in /usr/doc/emacspeak/examples.  It includes a
sample table with three columns (labeled "item", "date", and
"amount"), and three rows.  For a discussion of the support for tables
in emacspeak and w3, see NEWS (or NEWS.gz) in /usr/doc/emacspeak.

The Emacspeak-HOWTO contains additional documentation.  The plain text
form of this can be found in the Debian package doc-linux, and is
installed as /usr/doc/HOWTO/Emacspeak-HOWTO.gz.  Other formats are
also available.  For example, these can be found at sunsite.unc.edu:


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James R. Van Zandt <jrv@vanzandt.mv.com>, Mon, 17 May 1999 20:12:46 -0400

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