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traceybaug



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:51 am    Post subject: Digitext theory Reply with quote

Anybody here learn the Digitext theory? I learned it about 10 years ago and am trying to find their base dictionary for use in Case 10.

Thanks for any and all help!
~ Tracey
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I learned Digitext and can send you an RTF of the main dictionary.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be awesome!! Thank you!!

Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Digitext is the best theory!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tracey,

Let me know your e-mail address and I'll send it right away!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bubbie,

It is terrific. I've adopted many, many more briefs since I learned it way back in '94, but the basic theory is still there with all the root words, prefixes and suffixes that make so many words come out right, even though I don't have a specific dictionary entry for that word.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karen~

E-mail is tbauguss@sbcglobal.net

Again, thanks sooo much!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tracy,

Where did you learn Digitext?

I learned it at Merit College in Van Nuys, Ca.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dictionary sent!

You're very welcome. Glad I could help. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hadn't heard of Digitext since the '80s when I was in school. We learned it in Richardson, Texas. We always knew the "SKP" and people were Digitext!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's exactly where I learned it...in Richardson! I may know you!! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:29 pm    Post subject: Looking For Digitext Manual Reply with quote

Hi fellow Digi users...anybody got a manual?? I'm teaching my sister-in-law...the base dictionary is now massive in my CaseCAT with my own special adjustments. Have you guys discovered a Web site that has Digi briefs??
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that the theory that had its own machine, the fon'iks or something like that?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:47 am    Post subject: Digitext machine Reply with quote

Yes, they created a paperless machine for it in the early '90s that went over like a lead balloon. It would freeze. I bought it after being urged to do so by the head of Tampa College Court Reporting, Mr. Yurka. My first internship exposed the machine and my unfortunate decision to buy it!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julie,

I went to Tampa college too! Graduated September of '94, and also bought that stupid machine.

I remember a Julie that graduated while I was still in theory, I think. Was that you, maybe '92 or '93?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:15 pm    Post subject: Tampa College Reply with quote

That's me! Janet, clear the cobwebs...no Halloween pun intended...visual description?? Your kitty cat isn't sending me the right vibes...Ha!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heidi, isn't that the machine you bought, too?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember they came and demonstrated at my school. I had forgotten until this thread.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julie, we didn't know each other, but Mr. Y used to brag about you to the theory class. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:43 am    Post subject: digitext Reply with quote

Now, I could be wrong about this but as my memory serves me, the guy that really invented digitext is a guy who went to Merit College. His name was Jerry Lefler. He was a young guy, maybe 20 or 21. He got through the school in under a year. He went to work for a guy I knew at the time by the name of Bill Cuff. This kid was a whiz. He passed his merit exam right out of school. Passed all three sections at once. The computer was just starting up. Conflict-free theory was just starting up.
This guy developed his own Digitext system with conflict free theory. Gary Robson, a computer expert, got heavily involved in the beginning of captioning, refined what Lefler started, using much faster equipment. Lefler was using a 286, which I guess was state of art at that time. This is just a little tiny bit of the history. I think it is important to know our roots.
Gary Robson is still around. His wife Kathy is a court reporter. Another thing Gary brought us was the Gemini writer. He sold his interest in it many years ago. He also I think brought us TurboCat, which was a dos-based cat system that reporters really loved. He sold that also. I am just scratching the surface of what Gary did. He hooked up the first web broadcast with Al Gore when he was vice-president. Be very proud of your digitext roots, some of our greatest reporting thinkers were involved in that.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gregorio,

Thanks for the history. When the original post on this thread surfaced, I Googled Jerry Lefler, Digitext and came up with many sites that provided a similar history plus. I'm attaching the site to Gary's work product that might be of some interest.

http://books.google.com/books?id=SdGUcz8QV9EC&pg=PA130&lpg=PA130&dq=Lefler+Digitext&source=bl&ots=jcFzQgyzC-&sig=wXsHxPtBGFyIUgBnqhykdT60iQ0&hl=en&ei=CKXtSpqnB5G6lAeC7en_BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CBEQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Lefler%20Digitext&f=false

Also, there are sites that had lots of technical info about the copyrights to the writers and legal battles. Some of it was interesting.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the nerd in me, but I just can't resist. Can some of you Digitext folks show a sample of how you write a short passage?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:38 am    Post subject: Translation Reply with quote

This is the nerd in me, but I just can't resist. Can some of you Digitext folks show a sample of how you write a short passage?

TH-S -T TPHERD TPH PHAOE RBGS BU EU SKWRUFT KAEPBT RAOEFT FPLT
K SPH -F U TKEUPBLG TBGS TPOEBGS SHOE AEU SAFPL -F HOU U WRAOEUT AEU SHORT PAPBLGZ STPH


THAT HURT MY BRAIN!!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:40 am    Post subject: Manual Reply with quote

Still looking for that Digitext manual?? Janet?? No??
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julie,

I can read your notes!!!!!

I write folks as TPOEBGZ (using the Z as the plural) because I write focus TPOEBGS.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Manual Reply with quote

julski86 wrote:
Still looking for that Digitext manual?? Janet?? No??
Sorry, I forgot about the original question. No, can't find it. I guess I must have pitched it long ago.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, that answers your question, Bubbie. I did not learn Digitext theory. LOL
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rhonda,

I love my Digitext theory. And though I went to schools in Sacramento and Phoenix besides Los Angeles, I stuck tight to Digitext.

In Sacramento, the students at Humphrey's College were learning Sten En. It actually drove me nuts to listen to some of their outlines. So I tuned them out for the six months I was there.

I use many briefs now from "Brief Encounters." It's got some wonderful steno outlines. Also, JCR magazines comes up with some wonderful ideas as well as do the CR forms online.

I wish I could remember the new outlines faster. The short term memory makes it so that I need a month to learn a new brief. LOL!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I chunked the Digitext manual long ago. The basic principle of the theory was writing completely conflight free. That is a good theory, but in practice at 280 wpm I need to use some briefs and Digitext was all about writing it out. You came back with every ending which I still can't break 22 years later. You also didn't use the number bar, so I never learned it. I still have no clue where the numbers are on it.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of reporters and captioners don't use the number bar, Susan, so you're not alone Smile
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