The Court Reporter’s Guide to Cyberspace

The collaboration came about when Gary called Richard and said, “I’m writing a book. Will you write me an introduction?”  Richard said, “Sure. I’m writing one, too. Will you do an introduction to mine?”  After a moment’s discussion, we realized we were both talking about the same book, and it didn’t take long to decide to do it together.

— From the Preface

The Court Reporter’s Guide to Cyberspace was published in May of 1996. At the time, it was the definitive guide to the Internet, CompuServe, and the rest of the dark and mysterious world on the other end of the modem.

Written exclusively for people in the court reporting profession, this book explores cyberspace from a court reporter’s unique point of view. One of the authors has almost 30 years of experience as a court reporter, and the other one has been developing products for court reporters for over 10 years.

Parts of The Court Reporter’s Guide to Cyberspace are still useful and accurate, but today it is more useful as a history of how the court reporting profession carved out a homestead online. It is outdated as a guide to the Internet or CompuServe, but it’s a great piece of nostalgia for early adopters in the court reporting profession. Although chapters on things like bulletin board systems are no longer relevant, much of the history and marketing advice remains accurate.

ISBN: 0965151808 (Trade Paperback)
1996 CyberDawg Publishing
350 pages

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
PREFACE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
AN INTRODUCTION TO CYBERSPACE
• What’s It All About?
• Modems
• Online Services
• “Netiquette”
• Security in Cyberspace
COMPUSERVE FOR COURT REPORTERS
• Overview of CompuServe
• Signing Up and Signing On
• CompuServe E-Mail
• The Court Reporters Forum
• CRForum Message Areas
• CRForum Libraries
• CRForum Conferencing
• Other Areas of Interest
• CompuServe Services
Realtime Online
THE INTERNET AND THE WORLD WIDE WEB
• The Internet
• Internet E-Mail
• The Web
• Getting on the Web
• The NCRA/Verbatim Reporters Center
• Publishing on the Web
• “Forums” on the Internet
• Getting Files From the Internet
• Conferencing on the Internet
• Government Online
EXCHANGING TRANSCRIPTS ELECTRONICALLY
• E-mailing Transcripts
• Transcript Formats
• Electronic Delivery
• Sending to Other Systems
• Setting Up Your Own BBS
APPENDICES AND INDEX
• CompuServe Phone Numbers
• CompuServe Software
• Members Speak About CRForum
• A Few Sites of Interest on the Web
• A Few BBSs to Try Out
• Glossary of Cyberspace Terminology
• Smileys and Emoticons
• CRForum House Rules
• Bibliography & Suggested Reading
• Index

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