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Re: emacspeak versus commercial software



In a land where everyone is blind
A man with two eyes, sometimes misses the point entirely.

Ron


Patrick Gordon wrote:
> 
> I have put in many hours trying to build a demo of a useful text-to-speech
> tool for my blind friend.  At this point, I feel it necessary to do a sanity
> check on this listserv.  Today, I came to the conclusion that irqtune, a
> vital tool needed to make emacspeak functional on my system, will not work
> with RH 7.2.  The binary is nonfunctional on 7.2 and the c source code
> requires compiler extensions not supported in the RH 7.2 distribution.
> 
> With many years experience in system development and input solicited from
> linux developers, I'm confident that my conclusion is correct (but I am
> always open to criticism).  Consequently, I have started to evaluate
> alternative programs that do not require irqtune.  The first one I have
> tried is Jaws for Windows.  Though a little too verbose, it does have many
> of the same features as emacspeak.  It even supports control key sequences
> and has hooks into the most popular Windows applications.
> 
> What am I missing here?  Other than being "free" and running on a "free"
> operating system, what makes emacspeak superior to Jaws?  I contend that
> cost is not an issue. I bet I can find an individual or organization to fund
> the purchase of commercial software for anybody in need on this group. I am
> sighted and new to this area, so I know I do not have a full appreciation
> for how emacspeak is serving the needs of this community. Accordingly, I
> plan to observe just how Jaws is used in a school for the blind in my local
> area.  The question that will be in my mind is: Could emascspeak do a better
> job?
> 
> Your comment are welcome.
> 
> Patrick
> 
 
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