There are quite a number of things that you have to be aware of when it comes to court reporting such as the fact that it involves the use of certain pieces of equipment and equally certain skills to use the pieces of equipment to transcribe spoken words into verbatim written record. If you are not familiar with the steno machine, you will be mystified with the twenty-two buttons that it has. We are sure as well that you will be confused about the twenty-two buttoned machine, especially if you recall how the alphabet has twenty-six letters. The unusualness of the equipment used in court reporting is one thing, the ability of court reporters to transcribe words into text at a speed that will put the fastest typist to shame is another. In addition to that, you have to be aware of the fact that the modern court reporting equipment that we are using today allows for real-time transcriptions. Through this, court reporting has evolved and it continues to become an interesting field that will surely pique your curiosity.
There are other things regarding court reporting that you should be aware of such as that it all began with the machine. We want you to know as well that court reporting is a process by which court reporters are making the most use of steno machines to transcribe spoken words, detail by detail, into written text. You will see how a steno machine has far fewer keys in comparison to a regular keyboard. To give you an idea on how a steno machine works, well, it gives court reporters the chance of writing words based on the syllables of the words, not on the letters of each word. The structure of the steno machine goes like this: the buttons that are laid out with the keys on the left, they represent the beginning sound of a syllable; the keys on the middle represent the middle sound of a syllable, and; as for the keys on the right, they represent the ending sound of a syllable.
The middle sound of a syllable is usually a vowel sound while the beginning sound as well as the ending sounds are consonants and because of this, the vowels and the consonants are ground together accordingly and positioned in such a manner that the left hand enters the beginning consonant and the right hand with the ending consonant. And since syllables have the tendency of starting and ending with the letter S, you will that there are two S in the steno machine, the same with the letters T, P, and R as well.
What we have here are the things that you should learn when it comes to court reporting.