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A copy typist is someone who specializes in typing text from a source which they read. Originally appeared as a skill in handling of typewriter, later it transitioned to lớn using computer keyboard with results tracking on computer display and obtaining using printer. Before introduction of computers, an additional skill of proofreading and document editing were critical.
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Copy typists learn to lớn touch type at a high tốc độ, which means they can look at the copy they are typing and vì thế not need to lớn look at the keyboard they are typing on.
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The source, or original document is called the copy. They have the document to lớn be typed in front of them and the copy is often held in a copyholder. The adjustable arm on the copyholder sida legibility and maximizes the typing tốc độ. There could also be an adjustable ruler and marker to lớn help the typist keep their position when they are interrupted, clips to lớn hold the pages in place, and a light.
The copy can be hand written notes perhaps from an author of a book, a play, or a TV show. It might be their own notes in shorthand — perhaps minutes from a meeting or notes from a talk, lecture, or presentation. In the past when word processors were not available and few people could type they would have typed up dissertations, research papers, and letters that had been hand written by the authors. An urgent letter which was typed up was often signed by the secretary with a pp or was otherwise given back to lớn the sender to lớn sign before dispatch.
A copy typist or a secretary with this skill will quote their tốc độ in words per minute (abbreviated to lớn wpm) on their curriculum vitae and may be asked to lớn demonstrate their tốc độ and accuracy of this skill as part of the interview or application process.
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