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. Yes, it is true that the equipment being used in court reporting is unusual but that is not it at all since the ability of court reporters to transcribe words into text at a speed that will put even the fastest typist to shame is superbly amazing. 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. At present, court reporting has started to evolve and it will continue to become interesting and useful.
Another thing about court reporting that you have to be aware of is the fact that it is all about the machine being used. 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. Steno machine works by allowing court reporters to write words in accordance to the syllables of the words, not the letters of every word. The buttons on a steno machine are laid out in the following format: the keys on the left are used to embody the beginning sound of a syllable; as for the middle, the keys there are used to signify the middle sound of a syllable, and; with regards to the keys on the right, they denote the ending sound of a syllable.
Due to the fact that the middle sound of a syllable is intended for a vowel sound, the beginning and the ending sounds are, more or less, consonants and with this, they are grouped accordingly and are placed in such a way that the left hand enters the beginning consonant and the right hand with the ending consonant. Because of how there are instances when syllables can start with the same letter, the steno machine actually has two keys for letters P, S, R, and also, T.
What we have here are the things that you should learn when it comes to court reporting.