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Emacspeak-17.0 (HappyDog) Unleashed!

From: T. V. Raman <raman@cs.cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 19:40:01 -0800
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               Emacspeak-17.0 (HappyDog) Unleashed!
               ----------------------------------

For Immediate Release:

San Jose, Calif., (November 23, 2002)
    Emacspeak-2003: Empowering Experienced Users
    --Zero cost of ownership makes priceless software affordable!

Emacspeak Inc (NASDOG: ESPK) --http://emacspeak.sf.net--
announces the immediate world-wide availability of Emacspeak 17.0
--a powerful audio desktop for leveraging today's evolving
semantic WWW.

Investors Note:
---------------

With several prominent analysts initiating coverage, NASDOG: ESPK
is now trading over the net at levels close to that recently
attained by last year's DogCom high-fliers.

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 all aspects of the Internet
such as Web-surfing and electronic messaging into the audio
desktop, Emacspeak enables speech 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 semantic WWW.

Major Enhancements:
-------------------


1)  Enhanced Emacs 21 support.
2) emacspeak-w3.el --smart content filters using XSLT.
3) emacspeak-websearch.el --Search wizards using content filters.
4) emacspeak-url-template.el --Programmable url templates using content filters.
5) emacspeak-wizards.el --Additional productivity wizards.
6) Software Dectalk --Speech server for Software Dectalk TTS.
7) emacspeak-rpm-spec.el --Editing RPM spec files.
8) emacspeak-m-player.el --Media player interface.
9) emacspeak-pronounce.el Custom dictionaries for smileys and XMl namespaces.
10) emacspeak-ecb.el --Enhanced ECB support.

See the NEWS file for additional details. 

Establishing Freedom:
---------------------

  Emacspeak is now voluntarily bundled with all major Linux
distributions. Though designed to be modular, distributors have
freely chosen to bundle the entire system without any undue
pressure. The integrity of the Emacspeak codebase is ensured by
the reliable and secure Linux platform used to develop the
software.

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 is being made
available at the same zero-cost as earlier releases.

At the same time, Emacspeak-2003 continues to innovate in the
area of speech and multimodal 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 windowing system with the assertion
"Emacs is a system from the 70's", the creator of Emacspeak
expressed 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.

Independent Test Results:
-------------------------

Independent test results have proven that unlike some 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!".

Note from Aster and Bubbles:
----------------------------

UnDoctored Videos Inc. is currently looking for volunteers to
star in a video demonstrating such complete user failure.

Obtaining Emacspeak:
--------------------

Emacspeak can be downloaded from sourceforge --see
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/emacspeak/ You can visit
Emacspeak on the WWW at http://emacspeak.sf.net or
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/raman/emacspeak. You can subscribe
to the emacspeak mailing list emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu by sending
mail to the list request address emacspeak-request@cs.vassar.edu.
The latest development snapshot of Emacspeak is available via
anonymous CVS from sourceforge.

History:
-------- 

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 a 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.

About Emacspeak:
----------------

Based at Cornell (NY) http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/raman
--home to Auditory User Interfaces (AUI) on the WWW-- and
SourceForge --http://emacspeak.sf.net-- Emacspeak 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 Vassar --the home of the
Emacspeak mailing list-- thanks to Greg Priest-Dorman, and provides a
valuable knowledge base for new users.

Press/Analyst Contact: Hubbell Labrador

Going forward, BubbleDog acknowledges her 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).

About This Release:
------------------

According to Hubbell Labrador, this release does not contain
the much-vaunted SmartTag feature --despite the codename.
Emacspeak Inc. promises to introduce SmartDogs soon based on
customer demand.

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 and Hubbell Labrador. All Writes Reserved.
GoldenDog (DM),  BlackDog (DM) etc., are Registered Dogmarks of Aster and Hubbell Labrador.
All other dogs belong to their respective owners.

-- 
Best Regards,
--raman

      
Email:  raman@cs.cornell.edu
WWW: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/raman/             
AIM: TVRaman
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