Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Directions Using Public Transport From Google Maps

In the spirit of adding a smart URL template to enhance the Emacspeak Web Command Line for useful tools I discover ...

I just checked in a Public Transit Via Google Maps tool into the Emacspeak SVN repository. You specify trip details in the form start to destination e.g., 2715 La Terrace Circle 95123 to San Jose Airport and get back a filtered view that shows the information you want. Note that clicking on the link in this blog will give you the entire page, which is fairly easy to navigate. But having a smart filter in Emacspeak makes it that much more efficient to use.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Announcing Emacspeak 27.0 AKA FastDog

For Immediate Release

San Jose, CA, (Nov. 24, 2007)
Emacspeak: --- Bringing Cutteng-Edge Access For Sharp Users
--Zero cost of upgrade/downgrades makes priceless software affordable!

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Emacspeak Inc (NASDOG: ESPK) announces the immediate world-wide availability of Emacspeak-27 --a powerful audio desktop for leveraging today's evolving data and service-oriented semantic Web.

Major Enhancements

  1. emacspeak-web: Updated Web interaction.
  2. emacspeak-ess: Speech-enables Emacs Statistics Interface
  3. Header Line Support:
  4. Windows Key Now Stops Speech
  5. Smarter mode-line output:
  6. Google Suggest provides completion for search queries.
  7. Integrated Support For Google Services
  8. emacspeak-moz: Firefox integration.
  9. Emacspeak-webmarks: Online bookmarks.

And others too numerous for this margin ...

Friday, November 16, 2007

AxsJAX, Speech-Enabled Games And Auditory User Interfaces

This is not part of Emacspeak, but is relevant to emacspeak users given that:

  • Speech-enabled games have proven to be a successful means of discovering AUI techniques that work, beginning with the speech-enabled version of Tetris.
  • The emerging Emacs to Firefox connection using module emacspeak-moz.el and mozrepl
  • The ability to run Fire Vox with the Emacspeak speech servers --- look for a blog post on that soon.

Charles Chen and I recently released a JavaScript powered framework for access-enabling AJAX applications --- see AxsJAX. Along with access-enabling useful applications such as Google WebSearch and Google Reader, we also access-enabled JawBreaker, a popular game much in the spirit of Tetris --- but without a ticking clock. See AxsJAX showcase for pointer to this and other Web-2.0 applications that have been AxsJaxed.