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Best Practices in W3 and TRPlayer
>>>>> "Gary" == Gary Lawrence Murphy <email@example.com> writes:
Gary> Now that I have trplayer and w3 working (see below), I
Gary> have some best-practices questions:
Gary> 1) does w3-mode have a bookmark or hotlist feature? I
Gary> searched through the keybindings but did not find
It used to have one, but it was abandoned at some point between
4.0.40and the current version.
I end up using tab completion and the URL history list as my
bookmark mechanism at this point, backed by google for the rest,
i.e. I remember what I searched for which is not too different
from the bookmark label.
It's definitely not an optimal solution.
W3-hot.el can be retreived from some of the older versions;
I'll put a copy under directory tvr in the emacspeak CVS area;
your mileage might vary, I tried it a while ago and it did appear
Gary> anything -- is there some other tip or trick for saving
Gary> a hotlist of websites?
See tip about url history and tab completion; it works
Gary> 2) what is the most speech-friendly search engine?
Gary> 3) any recommendations for old-time-radio pages with
I like the OTR site, they even have a monthly newsletter.
Also, try the shoutcast url template ---C-e u shoutcast search
Gary> real-audio content? We've tried searching through
Gary> google but we're getting hopelessly lost trying to
Once you find pages that you believe might have pointers to audio
Gary> content, try hitting 'er' in W3 mode
In general, spend some time studying the tricks implemented in
the following modules:
and the various xslt filters available via the 'e' key in W3 mode
Gary> navigate the pages we find. In particular we would
Gary> love to find a nice clean site featuring The Shadow,
Gary> but if we can find a site with only the links, I can
I dont know what "the shadow " is. I'm a BBC fan myself, so
Gary> you'll find url templates for the BBC sites.
You should be able to write your own url templates --- study the
for the BBC and NPR and with a little bit of
of the HTML for sites you like, you should
have what you want.
Gary> build a page scraper.
the url-template mechanism will help you write such scrapers and
keep them organzied
Gary> 4) is there an easy way to add to the existing
Gary> Emacspeak library of real-audio files? Is there a
The easiest is to add a directory of your own in your private
and tell emacspeak to use that as well.
It's in general hard to keep those current; typically the ones I
Gary> listen to are the ones that still work at present.
Gary> direct way to access these files besides dired? The
Gary> Library directores are a great idea, but I notice most
Gary> of the current directories are empty.
a large number of empty dirs resulted when many of the free audio
books available from the original broadcast.yahoo.com
site went away
Gary> 5) a developer question: I know we'll never get
Gary> anyone have any examples of short e-lisp scripts to do
Gary> client-side w3 programming? I'm thinking that one
Gary> example might be to filter the current page through a
See some of the URL tempaltes ---and especially the emapspeak
front-end to google maps
Gary> skeletonizer to extract the links or redisplay without
Gary> Just for the record, and because the question does come
Gary> up on this list, I managed to get trplayer 1.2 working
Gary> on RedHat 9 thanks to this site:
The more important thing to do with realplayer is to
get a command-line version written against HelixPlayer.
There is a python binding that looks tantalizingly close, but
does not work;
what's worse, the HelixPlayer site is itself very difficult to
so if you have hacking cycles to donate, focusing there would
in the biggest bang for the buck.
The problem with the current trplayer is that it uses older
real libs, so you
lose on things like 5.1 audio; it also uses OSS alas,
so you dont get to use the DMIX plugin from Alsa
Gary> The trick posted on that page is to use RealPlayer9
Gary> with the environment variable
that's because it needs the older real libs see above.
Gary> I was able to fetch trplayer using yum, so that part
Gary> was easy, but I had to locate the RealPlayer9 RPM by
Gary> hand ... I found it in a PBone mirror of an archive
Gary> from Brazil!
Gary> I then had to force the install of RealPlayer9 RPM
Gary> because of a missing /usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2 -- the
Gary> current version is so.3 -- just in case, I copied that
Gary> library manually from another machine, but I am not
Gary> certain the file is needed because I could run trplayer
Gary> before I had the lib completely copied across.
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