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7.1 Objects Making Up The Emacspeak Desktop

A “buffer” is the basic building block of the Emacspeak desktop. Any information presented by Emacs is placed in a “buffer”. For example, when perusing this manual within Emacs, the “file” containing the documentation is presented in a “buffer”. All information objects such as WWW pages, email messages, output from user interaction with command-line shells etc., are presented by Emacs in individual “buffers”.

Buffers provide a base level of user interaction; Emacs derives its power by allowing applications to specialize buffers to enable specific types of user-interaction that is optimized for a specific class of information.