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Writing at 240 words
per minute
The Open Steno Project
Ellis Pratt
@ellispratt
Richmond
New Tech Meetup
May 2017
tl;dr
Human-powered
customisable
networkable
application
for accessible communication
at up 5 words per second
Overview
About me
“I can’t type any faster”
What/How?
Let’s play
About me
About me
Director at Cherryleaf
A technical writing
services
and training
company
Although a Technical Communicator’s
week involves a lot of writing…
Meetings
Publishing
Research and Planning
Writing
…My need is driven more by
our training videos…
Which require
a script
and
subtitles
…and going to conferences
I want to write down
what the presenters say
“I can’t type any
faster”
Your QWERTY speedWordsPerMinute
Average Typist Pro QWERTY typist
95
50 60
30
Typing is too slowWordsPerMinute
Average Typist Pro QWERTY typist
95
50
60
30
200
160
Speech
Typing at 165 wpm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GDusA21cEA
Typing is too slow for
transcribing
Words
Minutes
0 1 2 3 4
0
60
120
180
240
0
180
360
540
720
Speaking Typing
480
words
b...
An average typist
probably needs to
spend
around 1 hour
to transcribe
5 minutes of video
A lot is said in one day
65,000-100,000
words/day
in a court case
Who is deaf or hard of
hearing?
Who is deaf or hard of
hearing?
1 in every 7 people
Captions are a legal
requirement in the USA
“I can’t type any
faster”
What if you could write faster?
What/How?
The elephant in the
room
Can’t I just use speech
recognition software?
WordsPerMinute
YouTube captions Voice Writer/Respeaker
180180
160160
200
160...
Accuracy
90%
1-2 mistakes
in every sentence
For me
I’d say
“DITA”
It would write
“data”
Limitations - Edge cases
Dialects and accents
Fast speakers
Specialist terminology
Made up words
Limitations - Input quality
Background noise
Two people talking
over each other
Slurred words
Soft speaking
Respeaking
Someone repeats
the words using a
face mask
(Re)speaking is tiring
Q.How?
A. Steno
Stenography?
A form of shorthand typing done on a special
machine
Been around since early 1900s
Steno speedsWordsPerMinute
Amateur Professional
360
300
215
200
115
200
160
Speech
Accuracy
98-99.9%
1 mistake
every 4 pages
Writing at 160-250 wpm
https://youtu.be/UvEW5ZuwvpU?t=1m30s
So why aren’t we all
using steno?
It’s been a high price, high
value, niche solution
Historically, it’s
only used in the
legal system and
live TV subtitling
Until now…
Enter Open Steno
Open source software
Plover is a free, small Python application
that runs in the background on your PC.
Open source software
It acts as a translator
to read steno
movements and then
emulate keystrokes
So applications can't
tel...
Low cost hardware
Mechanical keyboard
(“n-key rollover”)
StenoToppers
3D printed
keycaps
New low cost machines
Stenomod Soft / Hruf
Games and learning material
Free
Online
Free
Online
New uses for steno
Real-time conference
captioning
Coding
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBBiri3CD6w
Blogging, writing etc
Creating written content
(you and me)
Wearable keyboards
Let’s play
The keyboard
You press keys, and lift off
You write using chords
It’s phonetical
There’s letters missing!
How do I write
“soon”?
The missing letters/sounds
D B L
-F-
—Y—
N
The dictionary
Look
,
if you had
one
shot
,
or
one
opportunity
to
seize
It’s a form of shorthand
How fast, how quickly?
Faster than you type today 2-3 months
100-120 wpm 6-12 months
180-200 wpm 12+ months
225+ wpm No pr...
How fast, how quickly?
Learn the layout 1 weekend
Learn the theory 10 days
Learn the briefs Months and months
Muscle memor...
Summary
Summary
If you need/want to write faster, you can
Your videos require subtitles
Open Steno is low cost and fun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtQzTUEuPWo
Questions
For more information
ellis@cherryleaf.com
@ellispratt
End
Images and
screenshots © their
respective owners
www.cherryleaf.com
Writing at 240 words per minute - The Open Steno Project
Writing at 240 words per minute - The Open Steno Project
Writing at 240 words per minute - The Open Steno Project
Writing at 240 words per minute - The Open Steno Project
Writing at 240 words per minute - The Open Steno Project
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Writing at 240 words per minute - The Open Steno Project

  1. 1. Writing at 240 words per minute The Open Steno Project Ellis Pratt @ellispratt Richmond New Tech Meetup May 2017
  2. 2. tl;dr Human-powered customisable networkable application for accessible communication at up 5 words per second
  3. 3. Overview About me “I can’t type any faster” What/How? Let’s play
  4. 4. About me
  5. 5. About me Director at Cherryleaf A technical writing services and training company
  6. 6. Although a Technical Communicator’s week involves a lot of writing… Meetings Publishing Research and Planning Writing
  7. 7. …My need is driven more by our training videos… Which require a script and subtitles
  8. 8. …and going to conferences I want to write down what the presenters say
  9. 9. “I can’t type any faster”
  10. 10. Your QWERTY speedWordsPerMinute Average Typist Pro QWERTY typist 95 50 60 30
  11. 11. Typing is too slowWordsPerMinute Average Typist Pro QWERTY typist 95 50 60 30 200 160 Speech
  12. 12. Typing at 165 wpm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GDusA21cEA
  13. 13. Typing is too slow for transcribing Words Minutes 0 1 2 3 4 0 60 120 180 240 0 180 360 540 720 Speaking Typing 480 words behind
  14. 14. An average typist probably needs to spend around 1 hour to transcribe 5 minutes of video
  15. 15. A lot is said in one day 65,000-100,000 words/day in a court case
  16. 16. Who is deaf or hard of hearing?
  17. 17. Who is deaf or hard of hearing? 1 in every 7 people
  18. 18. Captions are a legal requirement in the USA
  19. 19. “I can’t type any faster” What if you could write faster?
  20. 20. What/How?
  21. 21. The elephant in the room
  22. 22. Can’t I just use speech recognition software? WordsPerMinute YouTube captions Voice Writer/Respeaker 180180 160160 200 160 Speech
  23. 23. Accuracy 90% 1-2 mistakes in every sentence
  24. 24. For me I’d say “DITA” It would write “data”
  25. 25. Limitations - Edge cases Dialects and accents Fast speakers Specialist terminology Made up words
  26. 26. Limitations - Input quality Background noise Two people talking over each other Slurred words Soft speaking
  27. 27. Respeaking Someone repeats the words using a face mask
  28. 28. (Re)speaking is tiring
  29. 29. Q.How? A. Steno
  30. 30. Stenography? A form of shorthand typing done on a special machine Been around since early 1900s
  31. 31. Steno speedsWordsPerMinute Amateur Professional 360 300 215 200 115 200 160 Speech
  32. 32. Accuracy 98-99.9% 1 mistake every 4 pages
  33. 33. Writing at 160-250 wpm https://youtu.be/UvEW5ZuwvpU?t=1m30s
  34. 34. So why aren’t we all using steno?
  35. 35. It’s been a high price, high value, niche solution Historically, it’s only used in the legal system and live TV subtitling
  36. 36. Until now…
  37. 37. Enter Open Steno
  38. 38. Open source software Plover is a free, small Python application that runs in the background on your PC.
  39. 39. Open source software It acts as a translator to read steno movements and then emulate keystrokes So applications can't tell that you’re using steno
  40. 40. Low cost hardware Mechanical keyboard (“n-key rollover”)
  41. 41. StenoToppers 3D printed keycaps
  42. 42. New low cost machines Stenomod Soft / Hruf
  43. 43. Games and learning material Free Online Free Online
  44. 44. New uses for steno
  45. 45. Real-time conference captioning
  46. 46. Coding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBBiri3CD6w
  47. 47. Blogging, writing etc Creating written content (you and me)
  48. 48. Wearable keyboards
  49. 49. Let’s play
  50. 50. The keyboard
  51. 51. You press keys, and lift off
  52. 52. You write using chords
  53. 53. It’s phonetical
  54. 54. There’s letters missing! How do I write “soon”?
  55. 55. The missing letters/sounds D B L -F- —Y— N
  56. 56. The dictionary
  57. 57. Look , if you had one shot , or one opportunity to seize
  58. 58. It’s a form of shorthand
  59. 59. How fast, how quickly? Faster than you type today 2-3 months 100-120 wpm 6-12 months 180-200 wpm 12+ months 225+ wpm No promises
  60. 60. How fast, how quickly? Learn the layout 1 weekend Learn the theory 10 days Learn the briefs Months and months Muscle memory Months and months
  61. 61. Summary
  62. 62. Summary If you need/want to write faster, you can Your videos require subtitles Open Steno is low cost and fun
  63. 63. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtQzTUEuPWo
  64. 64. Questions
  65. 65. For more information ellis@cherryleaf.com @ellispratt
  66. 66. End Images and screenshots © their respective owners www.cherryleaf.com

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