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. 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.
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 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.
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. There are times when syllables can start and end with the same letter hence, the steno machine has two R, T as well as S.
All these and more are the things that you must learn about when it comes to court reporting.