* Announcing Emacspeak, a full-fledged speech output interface to Emacs. * Emacspeak is the first full-fledged speech output system that will allow someone who cannot see to work directly on a UNIX system. (Until now, the only option available to visually impaired users has been to use a talking PC as a terminal.) Emacspeak is built on top of Emacs. Once you start emacs with emacspeak loaded, you get spoken feedback for everything you do. Your mileage will vary depending on how well you can use Emacs.There is nothing that you cannot do inside Emacs:-)

I currently use Emacspeak at work on my DECALPHA workstation running Digital UNIX. I also use Emacspeak as the only speech output system on my laptop running Linux. Emacspeak currently supports the new Dectalk Express speech synthesizer, as well as older versions of the Dectalk e.g. the MultiVoice. On the DECALPHA, you can use it with the software Dectalk. (If you have a DECALPHA and also have software Dectalk installed at your site, please get in touch with me and I'll give you some additional code that emacspeak needs to work with the software Dectalk.)

You need GNU FSF Emacs 19 (version 19.23 or later) and TCLX 7.3B (Extended TCL) to run Emacspeak. See the Emacspeak distribution for additional details. Available from the following sites: FTP: ftp://crl.dec.com/pub/digital/emacspeak/emacspeak.tar.gz WWW: http://www.research.digital.com/CRL/personal/raman/emacspeak/emacspeak.tar.gz

Emacspeak comes with full source level documentation. There is an online info manual as well, but this is still incomplete.


Emacspeak currently has extensions for many popular Emacs subsystems including:

    o W3: A full-fledged W3 browser [available by FTP]. Emacspeak implements a
      voice-lock mode analogous to Emacs' font-locking that allows it to speak
      WWW hotlinks using different ~voice personalities~.
    o GNUS: The Emacs news reader. Emacspeak provides a fluent extension to
      gnus that allows you to listen to Usenet news without taking your
      fingers off the four arrow keys.
    o VM: The Emacs VM mail reader. Emacspeak works with VM to present email
      messages using different voices; Parts of a message that are cited from
      a previous message are ~voicified~to produce effective aural
    o Eterm: The Emacs 19 terminal emulator. (This will be part of Emacs
      19.29). You can obtain a beta copy of eterm [via anonymous FTP]. I have
      used Emacspeak and Eterm to successfully login to work from my laptop
      and interface with running applications on my office workstation
      (including running Emacs sessions!).

Emacspeak also works well with Emacs addons like AUCTEX for editing TeX documents, the Emacs Calculator (CALC --a symbolic algebra system) etc.

Emacspeak works fluently with all Emacs addons; writing an extension makes its use even more pleasurable. If you would like to write an Emacspeak addon for your favorite package please get in touch with me so we do not end up duplicating work.


Emacspeak comes as is, please see the accompanying [Copyright] notice. See the [README]file for details about this release and how to install Emacspeak on your system.

I work on Emacspeak in my spare time, and may not be able to answer questions on Emacspeak immediately. If you do download and use Emacspeak, please subscribe to the mailing list ~ emacspeak@crl.dec.com~by sending a message to ~ emacspeak-request@crl.dec.com~.                                              *[T. V. Raman] raman@crl.dec.com* Last modified: Tue Apr 25 18:07:01 1995