Accessibility packages for Emacspeak environment

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These repositories contain complete set of packages to make up ready to use Emacspeak environment with multilingual speech support. It includes up to date version of Emacspeak itself additionally enhanced and fixed by me, multilingual speech server that supports Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese languages and can automatically switch language on the fly by context, software speech synthesizers and some other more or less related stuff. Of course, here are only those packages that are not included in the official system distribution or are represented there by an old or somewhat inconsistent version.

Quick start

If you are interested in the repository itself for browsing or mirroring, get it here or visit my PPA on Launchpad, but to make use of these packages it is enough to accomplish following simple steps:

$ sudo apt-get update

After that you can use your preferred method to manage packages from this repository. For example, you can install and update them by apt-get install command.

Thus, to fire up the environment initially do the following:

$ sudo apt-get install multispeech mbrola mbrola-en1 freephone ru-tts emacspeak

Of course, Emacs is assumed to be installed already or it will be pulled in by dependencies. If Gnome accessibility environment based on Orca screen reader is used as well, then it is strongly recommended to choose non-gtk version of Emacs to avoid possible conflicts. Search Emacs packages with -lucid suffix.

When Emacspeak is installed for the first time it prompts to choose speech server. If you wish to use Multispeech, but install Emacspeak previously, and, therefore, Multispeech is not listed in the choice, don’t bother: choose anyone, and then, after installing Multispeech, return to this step by issuing the command:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure emacspeak

See documentation provided along with the packages.

Additional configuration files

Additionally you may download these files and place them into /etc/emacs/site-start.d directory to make your life yet a bit easier.