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Re: [Emacspeak] Question about multilingual support

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  • From: Александар Средојевић <ferrumite666 AT>
  • To: Argiris Koumtzis <argiris.koumtzis AT>
  • Cc: emacspeak AT
  • Subject: Re: [Emacspeak] Question about multilingual support
  • Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2024 20:23:46 +0100

Hello Argiris,
On Tue, 12 Mar 2024 19:57:33 +0100, Argiris Koumtzis
<argiris.koumtzis AT> wrote:
> I am trying to learn German recently and I would like to ask for
> recommendations for how I could configure emacspeak so that I can read in
> the same document both English and German. Any advise is very much welcom!
If you're asking whether you can configure emacspeak to automatically switch
languages while you're reading the text I don't think you can, certainly not
unless the document is marked up in the right way (like lang tags of html).
if there is I personally don't recommend it, screen readers often get language
switching wrong and typing C-e d shift-s isn't that much of a bother, in my
opinion of course.

I don't know if you bumped into that problem yet, but I know that emacspeak
(had?) this nasty tendency to translate basically any non-ascii character into
an english description which messes up any language that uses such characters,
including german letters with umlauts. I managed to fix most of it with the
lines below, but it still didn't work right with C-e c and moving over

;; Somewhere after actually loading emacspeak
(setq dtk-unicode-handlers '(char-to-string))
(add-to-list 'dtk-unicode-untouched-charsets 'unicode)

I'd love to hear if the situation has improved since I shoved that into

Kind Regards,


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