Emacspeak FAQ --Why Auditory Icons

Brian Smart Asks --Why Do I Need .au Files?

From: bsmart@cris.com (Bryan Smart)
To: raman (TV Raman)
Subject: Re: Emacspeak 3.52 released:
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 1995 19:34:18 -0400

Would you mind clarifying this for me?

Sound files?  Why do I need .au files in order to use an externall synth
with a speech package?  Are they for some internal speaker speech routine
or what?


Bryan Smart
Email: bsmart@cris.com
WWW: http://www.cris.com/~bsmart

Sound Files Generate Auditory Icons

The .au files are used by Emacspeak to produce "non-speech cues" if you have a sound card. They are not essential for getting all the feedback you need; at the same time, if your computer does have a soundcard, the sound cues make the interface very interesting. To give an example, when you open a file, you here a sound associated with "opening an object", when you close a file, you hear another sound that is associated with "closing an object" etc.
Last modified: Thu Jun 29 09:00:13 1995