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What is TypeWell?

TypeWell is a condensed, easy-to-read option many of our customers prefer to CART or C-print services. TypeWell relies on transcribers using abbreviation software that allows them to capture the essence of what's being said in real time. This process eliminates redundancy and erroneous words–you read what the speaker means, not the exact words that the speaker is saying.  A transcript of the session can be provided to the end user if requested.

These technologies are typically used remotely with the text being displayed on a laptop or smartphone.  The provider will need a way to listen in to what's being said in the classroom or meeting, usually with Skype or another virtual meeting software such as Zoom or GoToMeeting.  The user views the text in real time as it is being presented through their web browser or on a smartphone or tablet.

Because TypeWell providers are transcribers and not highly trained stenographers, they have the benefit of being significantly less expensive than CART.  TypeWell transcribers are required to be certified and must be able to pass various proficiency and speed tests in order to be certified.  Providers use specialized abbreviation software to transcribe the content of the class or lecture. TypeWell is a great fit for less technical classes where a verbatim transcript is less important.  TypeWell is often used in classrooms as well as in an increasing variety of business settings and webcasts.

How does TypeWell compare to CART?

TypeWell is similar to CART (communication access real-time translation) in that the service providers for both systems can provide a real-time display of the spoken information and a transcript (notes). Typewell providers, however, provide a meaning-for-meaning representation of the spoken information versus verbatim, which has traditionally been the goal of CART providers.

CART is a stenography-based system that requires stenography equipment and at least two years of specialized training (similar what is used for television closed captioning or in a courtroom).

What is meant by meaning-for-meaning?

A meaning-for-meaning representation of the spoken information is a concise and thorough interpretation of the spoken content. It is content-based (similar to an interpreter) rather than verbatim.

For example:

Original lecture:  "This course is about the perception of the role of women in society, and how that role has evolved.  Evolved over time.  And a..  As well as how the role has changed in the workplace, and, changed in the workplace and at home.

C-Print text: This course is about the perception of the role of women in society and how that role has evolved over time, both in the workplace and at home.

To learn more about TypeWell or to find out if it is right for you or your organization, call us at 800-870-1795 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'll work with you to determine which service is the best fit for you

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