One very important thing that you need to know with regards to court reporting is the fact that it involves certain equipment and equally certain skills as well to use the said equipment in transcribing spoken words into verbatim written record. If you are just a regular observer and does not have any background experience using steno machine, you will surely be mystified with the twenty-two buttons that is possess. 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. That is not it at all as we want you to know that the modern equipment being used by court reporters enable them to transcribe words to text in real-time. 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. 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. If you have seen a steno machine in the past, you will see how it has lesser keys when compared to a normal 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 steno machine actually looks like this: on the left side, where the keys are laid out, they represent the beginning sound of a syllable; in the middle, you will see keys that represent the middle sound of a syllable; as for the right side, the keys there 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.
These are all the things that you have to be aware of with regards to court reporting.