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Summer 2006 Vol. 50, Number 2

From court reporting to
Web casting: Captioning in the
new millennium

Stenotype machines were just the beginning. Computers and other electronic equipment help court reporters and captioners turn speech into text. Find out how.

Written words are more permanent than spoken ones. Written words are also more easily saved, searched, and repackaged. New technology and media—such as computer search engines, video conferences, and Web casts—give text even more importance. And providing access to everyone, including people who are deaf or hard of hearing, has created a need for workers who can “capture” spoken words and then translate them into text.

For court reporters and captioners, who make their living by turning speech into text, those trends spell opportunity. Read on to learn how court reporters and captioners turn spoken words into perfect text at more than 200 words a minute.

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Last Updated: September 21, 2006