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Re: Seeking Help to Install Emacspeak for Friend




Yep, pretty much thats the main problem. All the drivers for the
speech synths (software and hardware) utilize extended tcl and the
software synth uses IBMs ViaVoice. I know there use to be a port of
TCL for windows, but I'm not sure how good it was and I don't think
extended tcl was ported. Doing something in Java looks promising or
maybe even translating the tcl bits into perl may work. 

I'm not sure though that corporate support is necessary a good
thing. Corporations tend to want something for their support and may
try to dictate development directions or take control. The issue of
Linux being unfriendly and difficult to use is also slightly over
stated in my view. Its true that it was very difficult for the
non-technical when linux was first released, but things have changed a
lot in recent times. I did a couple of installs for someone a few
weeks ago using three different distributions - they had no linux
experience and I was just there to help if needed. they had the system
up and running with X windows in just a couple of hours and didn't
need my help at all. I find the biggest difficulty is breaking the
"Windows" mind set - once they forget what they have learned under
windows, many non-technical users do just fine. In fact, those with
the least computer experience seem to do better and adjust faster than
experienced windows users. 

Tim
Patrick Gordon writes:
> Tim,
> 
> Is the lack of speech synthesiser drivers for Windows the only thing
> blocking emacspeak from being available in Windows?  If so, there is hope
> yet for bringing this capability to the masses. The biggest problem with
> Linux and emacspeak-type freeware is nobody is in charge, nobody is
> accountable,
> and there is no way to attract capital to improve the product and package it
> with the type of support needed for the non-technical folks.  Emacspeak
> has great potential, but right now it's only accessible to the
> technologically elite.
> 
> - Patrick
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <tcross@northnet.com.au>
> To: "Jude DaShiell" <dashiell@starpower.net>
> Cc: <yvonne@thewatch.net>; <pcgordon@mediaone.net>;
> <emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 8:17 AM
> Subject: Re: Seeking Help to Install Emacspeak for Friend
> 
> 
> > Jude DaShiell writes:
> > >
> > > If tcl comes up eventually with a (%) prompt type exit <cr> to get back
> to
> > > shell prompt.  You got to be running in text mode for emacspeak to work
> too.
> >
> > Ummm, not sure what you mean by you have to be running in text mode
> > for emacspeak to work. Emacspeak will work if emacs will work. You can
> > run emacs at the console, within an xterm under x windows or as a
> > native X windows application. The only place emacspeak won't work
> > where emacs works is umnder microsoft (but that may change once
> > drivers are written for a speech synthesizer undr windows, such as
> > freetts).
> >
> > Tim
> > --
> > Tim Cross
> > mailto: tcross@northnet.com.au
> > phone: +61 2 6772 5973
> > mobile: 0412 969193
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Tim Cross
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