There are so man things about court reporting that you have to be aware of and one of which is the fact that it involves certain equipment and equally specific skills when it comes to using the said equipment to transcribe a spoken word into a verbatim written record. If you are not familiar with the steno machine, you will be mystified with the twenty-two buttons that it has. For sure, you will start to ask yourself how such a thing happen when the alphabet comprises of twenty-six letters. It is not only about how unusual the equipment being used in court reporting is, it has something to do with the skill of the court reporting because their ability to transcribe words into text will certainly put even the fastest typist to shame. 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. Nowadays, you may have observed how court reporting has evolved and it will continue to become useful and interesting as it can be.
The next thing about court reporting that you should know of is that it all started with the use of the machine. When doing court reporting, court reporters are making the most use of a machine called steno machine and through it, they will transcribe everything spoken, word-for-word, into texts. If you have seen a steno machine in the past, you will see how it has lesser keys when compared to a normal 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 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.
These are all the things that you have to be aware of with regards to court reporting.