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Re: Package proposal: greader, an audio emacs reader for blind and disle

From: Michelangelo Rodriguez
Subject: Re: Package proposal: greader, an audio emacs reader for blind and dislexic people
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:08:35 +0100 (CET)
User-agent: Alpine 2.21 (DEB 202 2017-01-01)

On Wed, 30 Jan 2019, Tim Cross wrote:

nIn addition to emacspeak, there is also a package called speechd.el, which 
also does a similar thing, but uses speech-dispatcher. 
My question would be why create yet another package which appears to do the 
same thing rather than contribute to one of the other packages - what is it 
about your package that is fundamentally different to either emacspeak (very
comprehensive, robust and powerful, with a well developed underlying 
philosophy/approach) and speechd.el (minimalist, simple and lower learning 

Greader is not an accessibility tool for emacs. It is specialized on reading contents of buffers, not in providing information about emacs sessions. Greader is based on back-ends architecture, so does not depend on a single package (eg. on speech-dispatcher) that is known to be buggy, and back-ends for espeak and speech-dispatcher are already provided. Greader has the possibility to make "audiobooks", switable to be listened with mobile devices. In other words, greader serves a different purpose if compared to emacspeak and speechd-el, that are indeed great packages. Yes, i considered the iidea of integrating greader into one of those packages, but it can result in a confusion, because as i sayd, that packages are semantically different.

On Tue, 29 Jan 2019 at 20:15, Michelangelo Rodriguez <address@hidden> wrote:
      Hi All,
      I would to propose a package that reads countinuously a buffer, using
      speech synthesis.
      It exists a package called emacspeak that makes emacs accessible, but my
      package is somewhat different:
      It does not depend on emacspeak, and can use espeak or speech-dispatcher
      to perform reading.
      It is my first package for emacs, and apart to make it available to all,
      i'm interested on suggestions on how to make my code better.
      The project is at very earl stage of development, though it works already.
      So, what is the next step?
      thanks to all for feedback.
      Michelangelo Rodriguez



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