What are Captions?
Captions are a way for deaf and hard-of-hearing people to access the spoken word via text. Captions are also useful for those who have English as a second language, those who find it easier to understand from reading text than listening to the spoken word, and as a complement to the spoken word. Captions assist the user to understand more clearly and leave less chance of misinterpretation.
Unlike some other services, CART is not a summary of what is said but a verbatim record, in our case created by a Stenocaptioner on the spot for a live event.
What is CART?
CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation. It is a form of speech-to-text interpreting that allows greater access and participation for the user.
How do we do it?
Our stenocaptioners use a Stenograph machine and a laptop with specialised software to translate the spoken word into text. The software translates the input from the stenograph machine into captions. This process is almost instantaneous. The slight delay is because of the stenocaptioner's need to hear and input the words and the computer's processing time.
Are the captions accurate?
A skilled Stenocaptioner will produce highly accurate real-time captions (over 99% accuracy) while maintaining caption integrity. Stenocaptioners experience the same audio issues as everyone else in the room and these issues may include poor audibility, highly complex content e.g. specialised content or jargon, and poor speakers.
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