Emacspeak-9.0 (BlackLab) Release Notes
Announcing Emacspeak-9.0 (BlackLab)
For Immediate Release
San Jose, Calif., (October 24, 1998)
Emacspeak99: Preparing For The Next Millenium
--Interactive Accessibility enhances Speech-Enabled Desktop
What Is It?
Emacspeak is a fully functional audio desktop that provides
complete eyes-free access to all major 32 and 64 bit
operating environments. By seamlessly blending all aspects of
the Internet such as Web-surfing and electronic messaging
into the audio desktop, Emacspeak enables speech access to
local and remote information with a consistent and
well-integrated user interface.
Emacspeak 9.0 speech-enables all new features introduced in
See the release notes for additional details. The Emacspeak source
distribution now includes a structured FAQ list designed to
introduce new and old users to the Emacspeak environment.
- Support for nested HTML tables to further enhance Emacspeak's
already efficient navigation and browsing of structured and
multicolumn WWW pages.
- Fluent spoken access to database applications.
- Speech-enabled support for creating and maintaining XML documents..
- Speech-enabling extensions for the following:
- Speech-enabled SQL: emacspeak-sql.el
- Network utilities: emacspeak-net-utils.el
- Enhanced Perl mode: CPerl: emacspeak-cperl.el
- Speech-enabled on-the-fly spell checking.
- Speech-enabled hyperlink navigation in online help buffers.
- Locating Emacs source code: emacspeak-find-func.el
Preparing For The Next Millenium
Emacspeak is now bundled with all major Linux distributions;
however, users can rest assured that this present version
was not released prematurely to defeat anti-trust concerns.
At the same time, Emacspeak 99 continues to innovate in the
area of speech interaction and carries forward the
well-established Emacs tradition of introducing user
interface features that commercial user environments
eventually acquire. On this theme, when recently challenged
by a proponent of a crash-prone but well-marketed windowing
system with the assertion
Emacs is a system from the 70's,
the creator of Emacspeak expressed surprize at the unusual
candor manifest in the assertion that it would take popular
idiot-proof interfaces until the year 2070 to catch up to
where the Emacspeak audio desktop is today.
Industry experts welcomed these candid clarifications as a
refreshing breath of Courage Certainty and Clarity (CCC) at
a time when users are reeling from the Fear Uncertainty and
Doubt (FUD) unleashed by complex software systems backed by
meven more convoluted press releases.
Emacspeak-9.0 --(AKA Emacspeak 99) code named BlackLab--
continues to innovate in the areas of speech interaction and
Emacspeak-8.0 --(AKA Emacspeak-98++) code named BlackDog--
is a major upgrade to the speech output extension to Emacs.
Emacspeak-95 (code named Illinois) was released on the
Internet in May 1995 as the first complete speech interface
to UNIX workstations. The subsequent release, Emacspeak-96
(code named Egypt) made available in May 1996 provided
significant enhancements to the interface. Emacspeak-97
(Tennessee) went further in providing a true audio desktop.
Emacspeak-98 integrated Internetworking
into all aspects of the audio desktop to provide the first
fully interactive speech-enabled WebTop.
Visit Emacspeak on the WWW at Cornell
--You can also pick up emacspeak via anonymous ftp from ftp://ftp.cs.cornell.edu/pub/raman/emacspeak/.
You can subscribe to the emacspeak mailing list
email@example.com by sending mail to the list
greg e. priest-dorman.
Based at Cornell (NY) http://cs.cornell.edu/home/raman
--home to Auditory User Interfaces (AUI) on the WWW--
Emacspeak is mirrored world-wide by an international netwrok
of software archives and bundled with all major Linux
distributions. The Emacspeak mailing list is archived at
Vassar --the home of the Emacspeak mailing list-- thanks
to Greg Priest-Dorman, and provides a valuable knowledge
base for new users.
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Previous Release Notes
Here is a link to the release notes for the previous major release,
Last modified: Fri Oct 23 22:22:32 1998