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Stenographer

A stenotype machine allows the court reporter, or stenographer, to press many keys at once. Sounds, words, or phrases are recorded as symbols that represent these by the machine. These symbols are saved on computer disks or CD-ROMs. Translating the words used in a legal setting are then transformed to text. This is called computer-aided transcription. Stenotype machines used for captioning are linked directly to the computer. As the reporter keys in the symbols, they instantly appear as text on the screen. Communications Access Realtime Translation or CART is this new type of reporting. It is used in courts, in classrooms, and for closed captioning on television.


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