By Deanna Baker
An online student asked me what the best theory is if you want to caption. For help with this issue, I turned to caption theory experts Kathy DiLorenzo, RDR, CRR, and Amy Bowlen, RDR, CRR, both of VITAC.
Kathy responded, "The best theory for captioners? I'd say a realtime theory, no?
"All kidding aside, that has to be the answer: a realtime theory. It doesn't matter which one it is; it just must allow the writer to produce accurate voice-to-text. … In my mind, the best theories out there are the older theories of our time, sensible, easy-to-understand theories that with minor modifications were the most workable and user-friendly. I always say this, I'm still amazed that Karen Finkelstein, Tammie Shedd, and Darlene Parker taught the best realtime theories in the earliest days of realtime. After all the development and science behind theory to date, the best is still the one taught to me back in 1986!