Following are some of our preferences. Please follow these preferences when completing the test:
If unsure of a spelling of a name please spell it phonetically and then type [phonetic] directly after it the first time it appears in the transcript.
If no sample is given for formatting please use 1” margins all around and a Times New Roman 12 point font.
Please use the words all right rather than alright.
Please use the spelling yeah rather than yea.
Please use the spelling okay and not ok.
Please type out going to and because instead of using gonna and ‘cause.
Please use e-mail instead of email.
For numbers one through nine, please spell them out. For numbers 10 and above, please use the numerals.
When the day follows the month, express it in cardinal figures (1, 2, 3, etc.), e.g., on March 6 (not March 6th or sixth).
Please use hm-hmm for the affirmative and uh-uh for negative. Please type the words [affirmative] and [negative] after.
Please capitalize Bay Area when it occurs.
Please note the correct spelling is workers’ compensation not worker’s compensation.
Google is your friend. Please try to find unfamiliar names using Google. If you cannot find a spelling for a name or a place please send me a note in an e-mail with your completed job regarding any unknown spellings or other things that I need to double check on the job.
Please proofread your jobs carefully. While we do run quality control procedures on our jobs, it is first the typist’s responsibility to make sure they are turning in a quality transcript they can be proud of.
When a speaker’s thought trails off at the end of a sentence, please use an ellipsis.
He could easily have saved the situation…
When a speaker changes thoughts abruptly in the middle of a sentence, please use an em-dash with no spaces on either side of the dash. (We were about to go to the—No, he didn’t go.)
For repeated words use a single dash. (We-we-we went to the store.)
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