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Emacspeak – Emacs extension that provides spoken output

Emacspeak is a speech interface that allows visually impaired users to interact independently and efficiently with the computer.

Emacspeak speech-enables local and remote information via a consistent and well-integrated user interface. The software is not technically a screen reader. A traditional screen reader speaks the content of the screen, leaving it to the user to interpret the visual layout. Emacspeak, on the other hand, treats speech as a first-class output modality; it speaks the information in a manner that is easy to comprehend when listening.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Core speech system that provides speech and audio services to the rest of the Emacspeak desktop
  • Application-specific extensions provide context-specific spoken feedback using these services.
  • Speech extensions for several popular Emacs subsystems and editing modes.
  • Implements a special minor mode, known as “voice lock mode” which uses distinct speech characteristics to provide aural highlighting of specific textual constructs, such as comments in program code.
  • Pronunciation dictionaries.
  • Generate “auditory icons” — short sound cues which alert the user to significant events, for example the opening or deletion of a file, the completion of an action, the arrival of an electronic mail message or the creation of a completion buffer.

Website: emacspeak.sourceforge.net
Support: Manual, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: T. V. Raman
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

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