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[Emacspeak] Re: Announcing Emacspeak 55.0 (CalmDog)

Tim Cross via Emacspeak <emacspeak(a)emacspeak.org> writes:

Thanks for the heads-up. Like you I only have espeak as a default, and
never use it.

I'll rely on folks who use espeak more regularly to chase this down,
> 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.
> Tim
> "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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