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Communication Access Real-Time Translation

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Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), also called open captioning or real-time stenography, is the general name of the system that court reporters, closed captioners, and deaf people use to convert speech to text. A trained operator uses keyboard or stenography methods to transcribe spoken speech into written text.

Another emerging method is voicewriting. The voicewriter uses speech recognition software that instantly translates the spoken text into written text.

Remote CART is done with the trained operator at a remote location. A voice connection such as a telephone, cellphone, or computer microphone is used to send the voice to the operator, and the text is transmitted back over a modem, Internet, or other data connection.

Some people use CART as the short form of Computer Assisted Realtime Transcription. The service is identical.

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