chuckh at hhs48.com
Sun Feb 12 19:31:55 EST 2006
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I have recently installed a program that I am enthusiastic about and
want to recommend it. It is a radical departure from everything you are
familiar with, but it is a genuine improvement over most of the things I
have been using to browse the web or navigate files and directories.
Below is the first couple of paragraphs from the author's web site. The
author is Karl Dahlke, and his site is karl at eklhad.net
I believe, and I am in the minority on this one,
that totally blind users should employ command-line applications,
rather than pasting a screen reader on top of full-screen programs.
Manipulating the cursor via speech is irreparably inefficient.
To this end I have written a combination editor + browser + mail client
command-line interactive. You type something and the computer responds.
There is no screen, anywhere, ever.
This program is a re-implementation of ed, with browse capabilities
You can edit a local file or a remote html document.
If you have retrieved an html file, the new command `b' browses the
rendering all the html tags in a blind-friendly manner.
If you are interested in all the formatting details,
use the undo command to revert back to the raw html.
Since it is a combined editor browser, it is called edbrowse.
Here are three direct links, one to the manual, one to a binary package,
and one to the source tarball.
If you are comfortable with a line-oriented editor such as ed, you will
have an easy time warming up to this package. I have been able to access
sites which were not accessible to other browsers, and even my router is
really nice way of completing forms and submitting them online. I have
made it my preferred browser.
Give it a look. It might be just what you are looking for. It is a GPL
licensed product, of course.
The Moon is Full
But you can still get downloads from http://www.mhcable.com/~chuckh
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