Voice writing is using Dragon speech recognition software in conjunction with computer aided transcription software to record legal proceedings, provide closed captions or CART captions.
Stenographers use their fingers to write; the voice writer uses their voice to write. Voice writers produce the same products as their stenotype colleagues, including transcripts in all electronic and printed formats. Realtime voice writers connect their laptops to realtime viewer programs and provide attorneys with computer files at the end of the sessions. Only the physical way of capturing speakers' words differentiates voice writing from other methods of court reporting. Every other aspect of this profession is the same, with the exception of the time required to learn the skill, which is much shorter with voice writing.
While realtime speech to text serves many with hearing loss and deafness, it is also useful for people whose first language is different from the language being used, to understand speakers with different voices and accents in many group situations (at work, in education, community events), to have a "transcript', and for learning languages. CART professionals have qualifications for added expertise (speed and accuracy) as compared to court reporters. The voice writer uses speech recognition software that instantly translates the spoken text into written text.
Closed captioning is the process of displaying text on a television, video screen or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information to individuals who wish to access it. Closed captions typically show a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs (either verbatim or in edited form), sometimes including non-speech elements.
Communication Access Realtime Translation - CART
Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), also called open captioning or realtime captioning, is the general name of the system that court reporters, closed captioners, and others use to convert speech to text. A trained operator transcribes spoken speech into written text.
Most CART services are provided remotely. Remote CART is done with the trained operator at a remote location. Most often the remote location is the CART provider's home. A voice connection such as a telephone, cellphone, or computer microphone is used to send the voice to the operator, and the realtime text is transmitted back over a modem, Internet, or other data connection.
A CART provider may provide services to an individual, such as a student, or a room full of people at an event like a graduation or church services.