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[Emacspeak] Re: Announcing Emacspeak 55.0 (CalmDog)

Hi Raman,

thanks for another release/update for Emacspeak.

Just FYI, I noticed a small inconsistency between using outloud and
espeak as your speech server. I've not looked into this in any depth,
but thought I'd mention it for the record.

In my setup, I set a default speech rate for the speech server I'm
using. When using outloud, I set outloud-default-speech-rate to the rate
I want and then start emacspeak - all works fine.

However, with espeak, I set espeak-default-speech-rate, but it does not
seem to take effect. I can set the rate by using C-e d r and that takes
effect fine, but setting espeak-default-speech-rate prior to starting
emacspeak in the same way I do for the outloud server does not work. I
did try using setq-default as well, but that made no difference.

I did briefly look at it, but nothing jumped out as being different
between the two speech servers. As I tend to use outloud rather than
espeak (which I have configured just as a backup), I've not really
looked at it in any real depth.

As a simple work around, you can add a call to

(dtk-set-speech-rate espeak-default-speech-rate t)

after loading emacspeak and all works.


"T.V Raman via Emacspeak" <emacspeak(a)emacspeak.org> writes:

> Announcing Emacspeak 55.0—CalmDog!
> Announcing Emacspeak 55.0—CalmDog!
> The enjoyment of one's tools is an essential ingredient of successful work. – Donald E. Knuth 
> 1. For Immediate Release:
> San Jose, CA, (Nov 24, 2021) 
> 1.1. Emacspeak 55.0 (CalmDog) Unleashed! 🦮
> — Making Accessible Computing Effortless! 
> Advancing Accessibility In The Age Of User-Aware Interfaces — Zero cost of Ownership makes priceless software Universally affordable!
> Emacspeak Inc (NASDOG: ESPK) — http://github.com/tvraman/emacspeak announces immediate world-wide availability of
> Emacspeak 55.0 (CalmDog) 🦮 — a powerful audio desktop that leverages today's evolving Data, Social and Assistant-Oriented
> Internet cloud to enable working efficiently and effectively from anywhere! 
> 2. Investors Note:
> With several prominent tweeters expanding coverage of #emacspeak, NASDOG: ESPK has now been consistently trading over the
> social net at levels close to that once attained by DogCom high-fliers—and is trading at levels close to that achieved by once better
> known stocks in the tech sector. 
> 3. 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 ubiquitous assistance, Web-surfing, blogging,
> remote software development, social computing and electronic messaging into the audio desktop, Emacspeak enables spoken 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 assistant-oriented social Internet cloud. 
> 4. Major Enhancements:
> 1 Speech-enable Emacs Application Framework Ÿ
> 2 Updated Soundscapes 🔊
> 3 Updated Auditory Icons 🎧
> 4 Updated Transient Support 𝥍
> 5 Speech-Enabled CalibreDB 📚
> 6 External Browsers From EWW 🕸 
>  — And a lot more than will fit this margin. … 🗞 
> Note: This version requires emacs-27.1 or later. 
> 5. 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 and the underlying
> GIT versioning software used to develop and distribute the system. 
> 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 free of cost 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 Assistance and 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. 
> 6. 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!”. 
> 6.1. Note from Aster,Bubbles and Tilden:
> UnDoctored Videos Inc. is looking for volunteers to star in a video demonstrating such complete user failure. 
> 7. Obtaining Emacspeak:
> Emacspeak can be downloaded from GitHub — see https://github.com/tvraman/emacspeak you can visit Emacspeak on the WWW
> at http://emacspeak.sf.net. You can subscribe to the emacspeak mailing list — emacspeak(a)emacspeak.org. The Emacspeak
> Blog is a good source for news about recent enhancements and how to use them. 
> The latest development snapshot of Emacspeak is always available at GitHub. 
> 8. History:
> * Emacspeak 55.0 (CalmDog) attempts to be as calm as Tilden.
> * Emacspeak 54.0 (EZDog) learns to take it easy from Tilden.
> * Emacspeak 53.0 (EfficientDog) focuses on efficiency.
> * Emacspeak 52.0 (WorkAtHomeDog) makes working remotely a pleasurable experience.
> * Bigger and more powerful than any smart assistAnt, AssistDog provides
> instant access to the most relevant information at all times. 
> * Emacspeak 50.0 (SageDog) embraces the wisdom of stability as opposed to rapid change and the concomitant creation of bugs.🚭:
>  Naturally Intelligent (NI)™ at how information is spoken, Emacspeak
> is entirely free of Artificial Ingredients (AI)™. 
> * Emacspeak 49.0 (WiseDog) leverages the wisdom gleaned from earlier releases to provide an enhanced auditory experience.
> * Emacspeak 48.0 (ServiceDog) builds on earlier releases to provide continued end-user value.
> * Emacspeak 47.0 (GentleDog) goes the next step in being helpful while letting users learn and grow.
> * Emacspeak 46.0 (HelpfulDog) heralds the coming of Smart Assistants.
> * Emacspeak 45.0 (IdealDog) is named in recognition of Emacs' excellent integration with various programming language
>  environments — thanks to this, Emacspeak is the IDE of choice for eyes-free software engineering.
> * Emacspeak 44.0 continues the steady pace of innovation on the audio desktop.
> * Emacspeak 43.0 brings even more end-user efficiency by leveraging the ability to spatially place multiple audio streams to provide
>  timely auditory feedback.
> * Emacspeak 42.0 while moving to GitHub from Google Code continues to innovate in the areas of auditory user interfaces and
>  efficient, light-weight Internet access.
> * Emacspeak 41.0 continues to improve on the desire to provide not just equal, but superior access — technology when correctly
>  implemented can significantly enhance the human ability.
> * Emacspeak 40.0 goes back to Web basics by enabling efficient access to large amounts of readable Web content.
> * Emacspeak 39.0 continues the Emacspeak tradition of increasing the breadth of user tasks that are covered without introducing
>  unnecessary bloatware.
> * Emacspeak 38.0 is the latest in a series of award-winning releases from Emacspeak Inc.
> * Emacspeak 37.0 continues the tradition of delivering robust software as reflected by its code-name.
> * 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 on 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 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-8.0 –(AKA 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.
> 9. About Emacspeak:
> 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 GitHub —https://github.com/tvraman/emacspeak. 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 Emacspeak Mail Archive –the home of the Emacspeak mailing list– thanks to Greg
> Priest-Dorman, and provides a valuable knowledge base for new users. 
> 10. 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, Hubbell and Tilden 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. 
> Author: T.V Raman
> Created: 2021-11-20 Sat 09:05
> Validate

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