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Emacspeak --- The Complete Audio Desktop

Beautiful Code, O'Reilly Media (2007), pp. 503 - 526


A desktop is a workspace that one uses to organize the tools of one's trade. Graphical desktops provide rich visual interaction for performing day-to-day computing tasks; the goal of the audio desktop is to enable similar efficiencies in an eyes-free environment. Thus, the primary goal of an audio desktop is to use the expressiveness of auditory output (both verbal and nonverbal) to enable the end user to perform a full range of computing tasks:

  • Communication through the full range of electronic messaging services
  • Ready access to local documents on the client and global documents on the Web
  • Ability to develop software effectively in an eyes-free environment

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