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From Alphabet Soup to Conflict Nuts

Date:            Wed, Sep 17th, 2008 8:30:00 pm Eastern Time
Presenter:   Michael Starkman
Price:            $49.00
CEUs:            .2
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We hear lots of questions about finger spelling alphabets: 
Is there an easier way to do it?
Do you really need multiple alphabets?
What’s the easiest way to stitch words?
How can I write acronyms and middle initials so they come out right?




FROM
ALPHABET SOUP
TO
CONFLICT NUTS!

By Michael Starkman

WHAT'S IN THE SOUP?

We hear lots of questions about finger spelling alphabets:
Is there an easier way to do it?
Do you really need multiple alphabets?
What’s the easiest way to stitch words?
How can I write acronyms and middle initials so they come out right?


Those questions and others are the “ingredients” in the Alphabet Soup Michael will be cookin’ up. He’ll show you how easily you can finger spell in Eclipse simply by defining your alphabets correctly. They’re called glue entries and they automatically stick to each other – but never to the words before or after. Delicious! But that’s not all. He’ll show you how to streamline your alphabet using the glue templates, which virtually eliminate the need for multiple alphabets. He’ll show you how to write perfect acronyms easily, stitch words with a single keystroke, write middle initials, get letters and numbers to stick together, and much more. This is some soup worth waiting for.

CONFLICT NUTS?

Whenever we talk about the artificial intelligence in Eclipse and how accurately it resolves conflicts, we typically hear a few comments like this:
Are you nuts!!
Don’t today’s steno theories teach us to avoid conflicts?
Aren’t conflicts a bad thing, even a dangerous thing?


Resolving conflicts from your writer is a good thing – we would never say otherwise – but it isn’t always easy to do. Even when you have unique strokes for every homonym, there is still the matter of the speed of the testimony and, of course, the issue of your fingers. Sometimes they just betray you and sometimes the steno machine itself may betray you. Stacking errors are the bane of reporters everywhere and sometimes they’re caused by the reporter, but sometimes they’re the fault of the writer. Not to worry. Eclipse easily resolves these. There are also word boundary issues. If you hear, “His grammar and syntax are appalling,” you may write “syntax” the same way when you hear this sentence: “A higher sin tax has been applied to all tobacco products.” And then, of course, there’s your theory. What if you have lots and lots of conflicts and changing them is likely to slow you down and reduce your accuracy.

Nothing’s ever easy, it seems, but Eclipse can simplify a lot of problems reporters encounter as they write machine steno, including finger spelling and resolving conflicts more accurately. Join Michael for this “don’t miss” webinar and he’ll show you how to achieve more accurate translation results and how to shave precious minutes off your editing time.





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