Emacspeak is a free computer application, a speech interface and an audio desktop employing Emacs, which is written in C. It is tightly integrated with Emacs, allowing it to render intelligible and useful content rather than parsing the graphics, its default voice synthesizer can be replaced with other software synthesizers when a server module is installed.
[advt]Audio formatting a technique pioneered by AsTeR and full support for W3C’s Aural CSS (ACSS) allows Emacspeak to produce rich aural presentations of electronic information. By seamlessly blending all aspects of the Internet such as Web-surfing and messaging, Emacspeak speech-enables local and remote information via a consistent and well-integrated user interface. Available free of cost on the Internet, it has dramatically changed how the author and hundreds of blind and visually impaired users around the world interact with the personal computer and the Internet. A rich suite of task-oriented tools provides efficient speech-enabled access to the audio desktop and evolving semantic WWW.