[Blindapple] Eamon Newsletters

tony at baechler.net tony at baechler.net
Sat Nov 11 08:14:35 EST 2017

You have two options. One is set up a Linux virtual machine and run
dosemu. I can tell you that Eamon Deluxe works fine. The other is
Talking DOSBox. I'm still on XP, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
Your statement that it doesn't work with screen readers is wrong. I know
it does. The Linux option is the best in terms of accessibility, but
Talking DOSBox is far easier to get up and working. My own personal
preference is to play the DOS 3.3 games with the Apple emulator. There
are some adventures unique to Eamon Deluxe which aren't on the Apple and
probably will never be ported. It's too bad that Frank seems to have
lost interest. I know he really tried to make them accessible, but they
aren't, even in a real DOS environment. Creating a virtual machine
wouldn't be too hard, but that's a huge effort to go through, not to
mention the disk space, just for a few Eamon adventures. I suggested the
Linux option years ago, but he didn't act upon it. I could probably do
it myself, but other than for a few people here, I don't see why. If
there is a lot of interest, I'll see what I can do. Frankly, I'd rather
have someone else do it. Debian doesn't support dosemu anymore which
means Ubuntu won't either, which further complicates things. Actually, a
third option would be a standalone FreeDOS CD. I know FreeDOS should
support most DOS screen readers, but not software speech. If you have a
hardware synth, you just boot the CD and play Eamon all you want, but I
know a lot of you don't, so that leaves most of you out. The other
problem with Linux is the voice. The only free software synth is ESpeak
which is not only nothing like the Echo but gets on most people's
nerves. I guess that leaves Talking DOSBox. I could package Eamon Deluxe
for it relatively easily. If you're interested, please do me a favor and
test it on your system to see if it does in fact work with a screen
reader. If it does, please write here or write me privately off list. If
not, let me know what isn't working. I should warn you that no one seems
to be working on it anymore, or if they are, I'm not aware of it and am
not hosting it. 


On 2017-11-10 10:26, JM Casey wrote:

> Nice. Have yet to try playing these on the Apple emulator, but I was a fan back in the day, and also enjoyed for a brief time the Eamon Deluxe port for PC…alas that no longer works in Windows 10 except in a dosbox environment, which doesn't work with screen-readers. The newsletters are a most interesting archive. 
> FROM: BlindApple [mailto:blindapple-bounces at bluegrasspals.com] ON BEHALF OF Jeff Weiss
> SENT: November 9, 2017 6:46 PM
> TO: Blind Apple Discussions
> SUBJECT: [Blindapple] Eamon Newsletters 
> Attached is 
> EamonNewsletters.zip 
> These are regular textfiles that can be read with notepad or any other windows program that can read textfiles. 
> They came from 
> http://www.eamonag.org/ [1] 
> They are also on dropbox in the periodicals folder. 
> I renamed them so they would appear in order by year and month. 
> Jeff Weiss 
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[1] http://www.eamonag.org/
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