What is Stenography?
Real-time machine stenography is a code translation system that lets users enter words and syllables by pressing multiple keys simultaneously in a chord, which is then instantly translated into text.
This website goes along with a large community of other Plover websites:
Includes an FAQ with more questions answered about stenography and Plover.
a forum for Plover beginners
The Plover Google Group where most of the communication in the Plover community occur
Because stenography input involves multiple keys, and because it's machine translated, it is the fastest and most accurate text entry method currently available. Top qwerty typists can do 120 WPM, top Dvorak typists around 140 WPM, and voice writers dictating to voice recognition software around 180 WPM. But experienced stenographers can enter text at up to 300 words per minute (the world record is actually 360, but that's an outlier). Conceivably, with practice, amateur steno users could reach 160-200 words per minute. We hope to assist in that practice part of it!
To get an idea of the speed of steno, check this out:
Also be sure to check out Mirabai Knight's post Plover Blog about speed.. It's a 6-part post on Why Steno, which is worth checking out.