re: Emacspeak 36.0 (EPubDog) Unleashed!
Alex Midence <alex.midence <at> gmail.com>
2012-05-04 14:17:51 GMT
Looking forward to trying it out!
From: T. V. Raman [mailto:tv.raman.tv <at> gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2012 7:25 PM
To: emacspeak <at> cs.vassar.edu; blinux-announce <at> redhat.com
Cc: tv.raman.tv <at> gmail.com
Subject: Emacspeak 36.0 (EPubDog) Unleashed!
* Emacspeak-35.0 (EPubDog) Unleashed!
** For Immediate Release:
San Jose, Calif., (May 4, 2011)
Emacspeak: Redefining Accessibility In The Era Of Cloud Computing
--Zero cost of upgrades/downgrades makes priceless software affordable!
Emacspeak Inc (NASDOG: ESPK) --http://emacspeak.sf.net-- announces the immediate world-wide
availability of Emacspeak
36.0 (EPubDog) --a powerful audio desktop for leveraging today's evolving data, social and
service-oriented Web cloud.
** Investors Note:
With several prominent tweeters expanding coverage of _emacspeak_, NASDOG: ESPK has now been
consistently trading over the net at levels close to that once attained by DogCom high-fliers—and as of
October 2009 is trading at levels close to that achieved by once better known stocks in the tech sector.
** 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 live access to all aspects of the Internet such as
Web-surfing, blogging, social computing and electronic messaging into the audio desktop, Emacspeak
enables speech access to local and remote information with a consistent and well-integrated user
interface. A rich suite of task-oriented tools provides efficient speech-enabled access to the
evolving service-oriented social Web cloud.
** Major Enhancements:
- Full EPub support: 📑
- Websearch enhancements and wizards: 🐚
- Speech-enables git interaction via magit: ℣
- Speech-enabled support for finding things fast: 🚤
- TTS enhancements: 🙊
- Updated url templates for task-oriented web actions: ♅
- SSH port forwarding support for TTS servers🔉
- Emacs 24 Support :: Updated support for the forthcoming Emacs
Plus many more changes too numerous to fit in this margin ... ∞
** Establishing Liberty, Equality And Freedom:
Never a toy system, Emacspeak is voluntarily bundled with all major Linux distributions. Though designed
to be modular, distributors have freely chosen to bundle the fully integrated system without any undue
pressure—a documented success for the integrated innovation embodied by Emacspeak. As the system
evolves, both upgrades and downgrades continue to be available at the same zero-cost to all users. The
integrity of the Emacspeak codebase is ensured by the reliable and secure Linux platform used to develop
and distribute the software.
Extensive studies have shown that thanks to these features, users consider Emacspeak to be absolutely
priceless. Thanks to this
wide-spread user demand, the present version remains priceless
as ever—it is being made available at the same zero-cost as previous releases.
At the same time, Emacspeak continues to innovate in the area of eyes-free social interaction and carries
forward the well-established Open Source tradition of introducing user interface features that
eventually show up in luser environments.
On this theme, when once challenged by a proponent of a crash-prone but well-marketed mousetrap with the
assertion "Emacs is a system from the 70's", the creator of Emacspeak evinced surprise at the unusual
candor manifest in the assertion that it would take popular idiot-proven interfaces until the year
2070 to catch up to where the Emacspeak audio desktop is today. Industry experts welcomed this 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 even more convoluted press releases.
** Independent Test Results:
Independent test results have proven that unlike some modern (and not so modern) software, Emacspeak can
be safely uninstalled without adversely affecting the continued performance of the computer. These
same tests also revealed that once uninstalled, the user stopped functioning altogether. Speaking with
Aster Labrador, the creator of Emacspeak once pointed out that these results re-emphasize the
user-centric design of Emacspeak; "It is the user --and not the
computer-- that stops functioning when Emacspeak is uninstalled!".
*** Note from Aster,Bubbles and Tilden:
UnDoctored Videos Inc. is looking for volunteers to star in a video demonstrating such complete user failure.
** Obtaining Emacspeak:
Emacspeak can be downloaded from Google Code Hosting --see http://code.google.com/p/emacspeak/ You
can visit Emacspeak on the WWW at http://emacspeak.sf.net. You can subscribe to the emacspeak mailing
list emacspeak <at> cs.vassar.edu by sending mail to the list request address emacspeak-request <at> cs.vassar.edu.
The HeadDog release is at
The latest development snapshot of Emacspeak is available via Subversion from Google Code Hosting at http://emacspeak.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/
Emacspeak 36.0 enhances the audio desktop with many new tools including full EPub support --- hence the
name EPubDog. Emacspeak
35.0 is all about teaching a new dog old tricks --- and is aptly code-named HeadDog in honor of our new
Press/Analyst contact. emacspeak-34.0 (AKA Bubbles) established a new beach-head with respect to
rapid task completion in an eyes-free environment. Emacspeak-33.0 AKA StarDog brings unparalleled
cloud access to the audio desktop. Emacspeak 32.0 AKA LuckyDog continues to innovate via open
technologies for better access. Emacspeak 31.0 AKA TweetDog --- adds tweeting to the Emacspeak desktop.
Emacspeak 30.0 AKA SocialDog brings the Social Web to the audio desktop—you cant but be social if you speak!
Emacspeak 29.0—AKAAbleDog—is a testament to the resilliance and innovation embodied by Open Source
software—it would not exist without the thriving Emacs community that continues to ensure that Emacs
remains one of the premier user environments despite perhaps also being one of the oldest. Emacspeak
28.0—AKA PuppyDog—exemplifies the rapid pace of development evinced by Open Source software.
Emacspeak 27.0—AKA FastDog—is the latest in a sequence of upgrades that make previous releases
obsolete and downgrades unnecessary. Emacspeak 26—AKA LeadDog—continues the tradition of
introducing innovative access solutions that are unfettered by the constraints inherent in
traditional adaptive technologies. Emacspeak 25 —AKA ActiveDog —re-activates open, unfettered
access to online information. Emacspeak-Alive —AKA LiveDog —enlivens open, unfettered
information access with a series of live updates that once again demonstrate the power and agility of open
source software development. Emacspeak 23.0 -- AKA Retriever—went the extra mile in fetching full
access. Emacspeak 22.0 —AKA GuideDog —helps users navigate the Web more effectively than ever
before. Emacspeak 21.0 —AKA PlayDog —continued the Emacspeak tradition of relying on enhanced
productivity to liberate users. Emacspeak-20.0 —AKA LeapDog —continues the long established
GNU/Emacs tradition of integrated innovation to create a pleasurable computing environment for
eyes-free interaction. emacspeak-19.0 --AKA WorkDog-- is designed to enhance user productivity at
work and leisure. Emacspeak-18.0 --code named GoodDog-- continued the Emacspeak tradition of
enhancing user productivity and thereby reducing total cost of ownership. Emacspeak-17.0 --code named
HappyDog-- enhances user productivity by exploiting today's evolving WWW standards. Emacspeak-16.0
--code named CleverDog-- the follow-up to SmartDog-- continued the tradition of working better,
faster, smarter. Emacspeak-15.0 --code named SmartDog--followed up on TopDog as the next in a
continuing a series of award-winning audio desktop releases from Emacspeak Inc. Emacspeak-14.0 --code
named TopDog--was the first release of this millennium. Emacspeak-13.0 --codenamed YellowLab-- was
the closing release of the 20th. century. Emacspeak-12.0 --code named
GoldenDog-- began leveraging the evolving semantic WWW to provide task-oriented speech access to
Webformation. Emacspeak-11.0 --code named Aster-- went the final step in making Linux a zero-cost
Internet access solution for blind and visually impaired users. Emacspeak-10.0 --(AKA
Emacspeak-2000) code named
WonderDog-- continued the tradition of award-winning software releases designed to make eyes-free
computing a productive and pleasurable experience. Emacspeak-9.0 --(AKA Emacspeak 99) code named
BlackLab-- continued to innovate in the areas of speech interaction and interactive accessibility.
Emacspeak-98++) code named BlackDog-- was a major upgrade to the
speech output extension to Emacs.
Emacspeak-95 (code named Illinois) was released as OpenSource 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.
Originally based at Cornell (NY)
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/raman --home to Auditory User Interfaces (AUI) on the WWW-- Emacspeak
is now maintained on GoogleCode --http://code.google.com/p/emacspeak —and Sourceforge
—http://emacspeak.sf.net. The system is mirrored world-wide by an international network of
software archives and bundled voluntarily with all major Linux distributions. On Monday, April 12,
1999, Emacspeak became part of the Smithsonian's Permanent Research Collection on Information
Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
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.
* Press/Analyst Contact: Tilden Labrador
Going forward, Tilden acknowledges his exclusive monopoly on setting the direction of the Emacspeak
Audio Desktop, and promises to exercise this freedom to innovate and her resulting power responsibly (as
before) in the interest of all dogs.
**About This Release:
Windows-Free (WF) is a favorite battle-cry of The League Against Forced Fenestration (LAFF). --see
http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f3800/msjudgex.htm for details on the ill-effects of Forced Fenestration.
CopyWrite )C( Aster and Hubbell Labrador. All Writes Reserved.
HeadDog (DM), LiveDog (DM), GoldenDog (DM), BlackDog (DM) etc., are Registered Dogmarks of Aster,
Hubbell and Tilden Labrador. All other dogs belong to their respective owners.
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