Re: [orca-list] Emacs editor

I haven't tried speechd-el yet, but I've been an Emacspeak user for almost 20 years. I can't compare the two, since I only have experience with Emacspeak.

I do know the following though:

It isn't true that all of the Emacspeak development is just on adding Emacspeak specific functionality that isn't needed. I'm not saying there aren't reason to use speechd-el over Emacspeak, and I'm sure there are some grains of truth to a statement like this, but it's so generic and using so many superlatives, it's almost certainly not true and stated from a philosophical position rather than a pragmatic one. I'd ask for more specific details before putting any stock in statements like this.

I never found the build process for Emacspeak to be fragile or opaque. It's no different than compiling any other source code using a make file.

Emacspeak generally speaks what you need to hear while working with Emacs. I virtually never need to use Emacspeak specific key strokes, but they're nice to have when I want to drill down for more specific information or get it more efficiently.

On 10/26/2015 07:43 AM, Will Estes wrote:
All the active development on emacspeak is on adding functionality that is emacspeak specific and generally not needed. 
It's also, often, things that would be better handled outside of the "screen reading" component. When I last 
used emacspeak, I found its build process fragile and opaque.

speechd-el, on the other hand, simply lets emacs be emacs -- just with speech output. So you're not 
remembering additional screen reader specific commands other than the basics to make speech output the way 
you ened it.

There is a good tutorial inside emacs itself. speechd-el explains how to get it up and running inside emacs 
-- which you could do outside of emacs using another editor if you'd rather. Although the trick about using 
emacs in non-windowing mode mentioned on the list earlier is workable, certainly as a starting point.

On Monday, 26 October 2015,  1:34 pm +0100, Peter Vágner <pvdeejay gmail com> wrote:


I think emacs is really powerfull editor.

Can some of you knowing it better either give a few words on why you prefer
speechd-el over emacspeak or the other way round?
It appears emacspeak is more active developed than speechd-el.

Also is there a howto for beginers and noobs looking at learning this?



On 26.10.2015 at 09:16 Alex ARNAUD wrote:
On 25/10/2015 22:48, Mike Dupont wrote: check out emacspeak it is
supposed to be very good and also allows for access to other things.
There are also speechd-el. You can find information here :

I use this line in my bashrc to make Emacs in CLI automatically :
alias emacs='emacs -nw'

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