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RE: Best advice for new user





> -----Original Message-----
> From: Patrick Wiseman [mailto:pwiseman@mindspring.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 5:31 AM
> To: emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu
> Subject: Re: Best advice for new user
> 
> 
> He arrives tomorrow, for a 10-day visit.  I'm hoping to 
> convince him that
> emacspeak is the way to go, but I doubt I can do that without 
> your help.
> 
> Patrick
> 
> On Sun, 20 Apr 2003 at 11:45pm, I wrote:
> 
> :Hello:
> :
> :I'm about to try to introduce my dad to emacspeak; he's an 
> octogenarian,
> :smart, not afraid of a challenge, has peripheral vision in 
> one eye, and,
> :before he lost most of his vision, loved Googling and email. 
>  I'd like to
> :give both back to him.
> :
> :The emacs learning curve is steep.  Any suggestions about 
> how I can set
> :things up to make it as easy as possible for my Dad to get started?
> 

FWIW, my experience as a sighted newbie to emacspeak:
Assuming you already got emacspeak to talk (not always trivial, depending on distro/sound hardware/synthesis software
combination, try browsing the archives/documentation for clues), the best first thing when approaching emacs is to launch the tutorial
(type C-h t, whereas C represents the Control key).
I still use mozilla/outlook for reading mail so I can't help you on that, but there are emacs packages like VM, gnus, rmail
that can be used for that (emacs commands for activating them are are M-x command-name, where M represents the Alt/Meta key).
For Googling/surfing, commands like browse-url-lynx-emacs (lynx should be installed on your system) should do it.

Hope it helps,
Barak.

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