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Re: Emacspeak and Streaming Audio?




For Windows Media see mplayer.
For Apple Quicktime what a  
if you're not seeing the screen all you typically want to do is to
listen to the audio --and any good Linux player lets you turn the
video off.

Also when you run Emacspeak inside X --which I typically do --you can
invoke any X-based player from an Emacs shell buffer and if that
player produces audio --which is why you're presumably using it
(personally I dont see much point in playing a silent move when you
cannot see)--
then  you can again do this --I often play video-casts of meetings
this way to listen to the audio.

Bottom line --having to wait for an X-Windows screenreader may be true
if you're depending on a console-level screenreader for the present,
it's not true if you're using Emacspeak.


>>>>> "Thomas" == Thomas Ward <slingshooter@valkyrie.net> writes:

    Thomas> Hi, see my answers below in the body of your message.
    Thomas> ----- Original Message ----- From: Daryl Croke
    Thomas> <darylallan@hotmail.com> To: <emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu>
    Thomas> Sent: Monday, November 25, 2002 9:22 PM Subject: Emacspeak
    Thomas> and Streaming Audio?


    >> Hi
    >> 
    >> I am writing an article about accessibility issues and screen
    >> readers. The deadline for the article is the 30/11. The focus
    >> is using a screen reader
    Thomas> to
    >> play streaming audio.
    >>> Below is a list of questions I'm asking screen reader
    >>> manufactures. Not
    Thomas> all
    >> of the questions are relevent to Emacspeak though.

    Thomas> Ok, no problem.

    >>  Are there any plans to "port" the product to another OS?

    Thomas> One time I recompiled emacspeak to FreeBSD, and it is
    Thomas> possible to use Emacspeak on any Unix with a little
    Thomas> tweeking.

    >> What 3rd party audio players does Emacspeak support?
    >> 
    >> Win Amp?

    Thomas> There is an open source clone called Freeamp that works
    Thomas> with Emacspeak and Speakup.


    >> Media Player?

    Thomas> Nope. Windows Media Player is strictly Microslop software,
    Thomas> and to my knolege MS isn't interested in porting it to
    Thomas> Linux.

    >> Real Player?

    Thomas> You can download the free real player 8 from real.com for
    Thomas> Linux, and with the trplayer commandline interface it
    Thomas> defenately works.

    >> Quicktime?

    Thomas> It doesn't work with Emacspeak or Speakup for Linux, but
    Thomas> should work with Gnopernicus once it is
    Thomas> released. Quicktime is X-Windows based, and until
    Thomas> Gnopernicus is released X-Windows isn't accessible.

    >> Mp3?

    Thomas> You can play mp3 with Real Player, mpg123, and Freeamp.

    >> Flash?

    Thomas> Same as Quicktime. Flash is Windows based, and one
    Thomas> requires X-Windows accessibility before it will be
    Thomas> accessible.

    >> Shockwave?
    >> 
    Thomas> Nope. I don't know of anyway in Linux to use Shockwave.


    >> Others? Linux based 3rd party players?

    Thomas> You might want to add ogg vorbis to your list of
    Thomas> accessible streaming media formats. It blows mp3 away, and
    Thomas> there are commandline tools tht work well with it.

    >>  How does Emacspeak interact with 3rd party audio players?
    >> 
    Thomas> I usually simply open a shell buffer by doing an escape+x,
    Thomas> type shell, and then run the commandline audio player I
    Thomas> want to use.

    >> Are there significant problems in Interacting with 3rd party
    >> players?

    Thomas> Only if there are X-windows based as with Quicktime,
    Thomas> Flash, etc...
    >>  How does Emacspeak play audio files?

    Thomas> By using third-party audio players such as mpg123,
    Thomas> aplayer, etc...

    >>  Can Emacspeak play mp3, aiff, wav or au files?

    Thomas> You can use a program like mpg123 for mp3 and the alsa
    Thomas> aplayer to handle wave, au, and other files.


    >>  Can Emacspeak play "streaming" audio?

    Thomas> Depends. Usually, I download the .ram file for a real
    Thomas> audio site, and then run trplayer to listen in on the
    Thomas> streaming real audio.

    >>  Should developers avoid "pop-up" players or seek to embed
    >> players in the actual web page?


    Thomas> I really don't know how to answer this question so I'll
    Thomas> pas on it.

    >>  Could you suggest the best method of playing streaming audio
    >> with Emacspeakt?

    Thomas> Yes, for Speakup and Emacspeak the best options would be
    Thomas> Ogg Vorbis, or Real Audio.

    >>  Any assistance will be acknowledged in the article.
    >> 
    >> Thanks in Advance.
    >> 
    >> Daryl Croke.  darylallan@mbox.com.au
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
    >> 
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