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Debian package emacspeak_13.0-1.deb

I have packaged emacspeak 13.0 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.

This package is in the "unstable" Debian distribution.  I expect the
next Debian release is at least six months away.

The README.debian file for the emacspeak package is attached.

                       - 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 speech synthesis software.
However, it depends on the ViaVoice 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 find some information at
http://www-4.ibm.com/software/speech/dev/ttssdk_linux.html and
download from http://www6.software.ibm.com/dl/viavoice/linux-p.  You
need two files - the software developer kit and the run time kit.
They come in the form of two tar files which in turn contain RPM
files.  You can convert these to Debian packages and install them as

	tar -xf viavoice_tts_rtk_5.tar
	tar -xf viavoice_tts_sdk_5.tar
	fakeroot alien -d ViaVoice_TTS_rtk-5.1-1.2.i386.rpm
	fakeroot alien -d ViaVoice_TTS_sdk-5.1-1.2.i386.rpm
	dpkg -i --force-overwrite viavoice-tts-rtk_5.1-2.2_i386.deb \

(The last step must be performed as root.  If you run alien as root,
you may omit the use of fakeroot.  The --force-overwrite flag is
necessary because several files appear in both packages.)  At this
point, please read /usr/doc/ViaVoiceTTS/ttssd.lic.la.txt.gz,
/usr/doc/ViaVoiceTTS/ttsrt.lic.ila.txt.gz, and
/usr/doc/ViaVoiceTTS/ttsrt.lic.ila.eval.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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