Speech-to-text transcription is a method of communication access through the process of capturing spoken content and generating a meaning-for-meaning transcript.
How does meaning-for-meaning transcribing/captioning differ from verbatim captioning?
Both types of services are conducted in real time. A meaning-for-meaning transcript is a more concise format where the essential meaning and tone of what is being said is captured while leaving out false starts, redundant phrasing and other extraneous text. Included in the transcript will be references to the speaker’s tone, emphasis and body language which can be helpful cues to assist with the reader’s comprehension.
Where is this service used?
A transcriber can work in a classroom, business, or community setting with individuals who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, visually impaired or otherwise needing additional support. This can be done live (the transcriber is physically present to capture content) or remotely, where the transcriber is providing real-time services from an off-site location.
The client (“reader”) views the real time transcript using either a standard Web browser or a specialized software or app, on a mobile device such as a laptop, tablet, smartphone or e-reader.