To participate in a world championship is
an honor, fulfilling a long formative run in which personal and technical
abilities play an important role.
The technical results can be compared to those reached by sportsmen at the
Olympic games. Also in this case we may simply applaud!
As in the Olympiads, each competitor has a historied background, based on the
watchful presence of trainers who in many ways have favored and motivated him
to take part in a great event which could seem to be only a dream.
At Rome 2003 the varying formulas of competitions can satisfy everyone.
The deadline for registration for the competitions is 15 May
Those who wish to take part in the multilingual competition, using more than
two languages, must register by 28 February 2003
VERY IMPORTANT! The information hereinbelow is indicated to give a general
overview and also to be understood by nonprofessionals.
The main rules for taking part at the Intersteno Congress as well as
the detailed technical rules for each competition formula are fully available
at the Competition Menu of this site. Competitors must read
carefully and declare that they understand and accept these rules upon
submitting the registration form, which will be operational at this site from
15 November 2002.
The contest consists of 30-minute copying
of a typed text written with 1.5 line spacing and a blank line after each
seniors (over 20 years of age) 360 strokes per minute, maximum errors
juniors (up to 20 years of age) 300 strokes per minute, maximum errors
students (up to 15 years of age) 280 strokes per minute, maximum
errors 0.25 %
Competitors must hand in their work on a diskette, in a .doc format to
permit automatic evaluation through the Zav-Intersteno Auswertung software.
Any brand of computer and typewriter is allowed. The competitor hands in the
Text editing competition
Competitors receive a text in a .txt
format saved on a diskette and will insert modifications and corrections as
shown on a printed sheet. The kinds of corrections will be indicated with
international signs used by professionals in text correction.
220 is the quantity of possible
corrections/modifications. The competitors will enter as many as possible
within a time frame of ten minutes. At the end of the work, the competitors
must insert five returns after the last written letter.
The diskette will be handed in with the updated file with modifications and
will be automatically evaluated by Zav software.
Professional word processing
competitor receives text - data - images and instruction for preparing a
professional documents. The competitors will use word-processing, database,
and spreadsheet software. Instructions are given only in the English
language. The contest lasts 90 minutes.
Competitors may take part using
traditional shorthand, steno machines, or voice recognition. If by voice
recognition, a silencer, or stenomask, must be used.
Speed competition in mother tongue
transcription of a five-minute dictation at progressive speed. The competitor
chooses the text to transcribe among three consecutive five-minute dictations
given at speeds increased each minute. Between dictations there will be a
ten-second pause. The initial and final speeds of each dictation are related
to the language of the competitors, according to a comparison table set up by
the Intersteno Central Committee. The basic text for Rome 2003 will be
English in Column I. Maximum transcription time two hours (for Column VI). At
least the first three minutes of dictation must be transcribed successfully.
The points for the results list are calculated taking into account the
transcription time in the case of a tie.
Correspondence and minute-taking
This competition consists of two tests.
The first one is a take and transcription of a three-minute dictation at a
medium professional speed. The second part is related to preparing a summary
report of a text included in a list of titles. The titles must be recorded
verbatim. The work must be completed within a frame limit of 120 minutes.
Competitors in the speed competition in
mother tongue may also take part in the multilingual competition. This
competition involves taking down dictations in at least two additional
languages. These languages will be stated in advance on the registration
form. Each dictation lasts three minutes, at the speeds of 120-130-140
syllables respectively for each minute. Competitors may participate in the
following languages (at least two in addition to the mother tongue): English,
French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Czech, Slovakian,
Russian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Dutch, Estonian. The Organizing Committee will
inform the competitors by 1 June 2003 if problems arise regarding
unavailability of text, dictator, or jury members for specific languages.
Competitors can be successful either in (1) mother tongue plus one foreign
language or (2) at least two foreign languages without taking part in the
mother tongue competition.
Fast transcription competition
Take of an eight-minute dictation. The
competition is valid if the first three minutes taken are successfully
transcribed. The maximum transcription time allowed is 24 minutes, but in any
case not more than three times the number of valid minutes. For example, if
transcription is valid at the fifth minute, the delivery time must not exceed
15 minutes. The transcript may be delivered on a diskette, in .txt format
to allow a first automatic control with Zav-Intersteno Software.
WORLDWIDE KEYBOARDING COMPETITION VIA INTERNET
inaugural competition is intended only for students of public or private
schools. The students must not exceed 20 years of age. The contest consists
of a ten-minute writing of a text, using special software prepared by the
Interinfo Group of the Czech Republic in cooperation with Intersteno Italia
Group. Minimum speed 200 strokes per minute, maximum 500. Maximum 1% of
errors allowed; each error results in a deduction of 50 points in the
classification list. This contest can take place in the schools which have
The training exercise in Italian, French, German, Czech, Slovakian, Spanish,
and English are already available in this site (Internet contest domain).
There is also a registration form for schools, teachers, and students.
The date on which this contest will take place will be announced.