• if I recall well, it's smaller than a typewriter and on the keys, its sounds like qu, po etc. cause courtreporting is somewhat similar to shorthand its by sounds and consonants.
  • I've been a court reporter for the past 20 years, so I can tell you if you do a web search of "stenotype machine", you'll see what a court reporter's keyboard looks like. As far as how it works, it's similar to a computer keyboard in that each key stands for a letter; however, unlike a computer keyboard which you can only strike one at a time, you can strike one key, two keys, ten keys, or all the keys at once. The reason for this is that we use combinations of keys to represent other letters, or syllables, or words, or even whole sentences through a device we call "briefs". For example, on the left side of the keyboard is eight keys with which we can write all of the consonants in the English language. T = T, K = K, etc. However, TK together equals D. So when I see "TK", it's difficult for me to see that as TK because I automatically see that as "D". As I read this, it sounds complicated, but it's not as complicated as it sounds. You just pick it up.

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