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Improvements to Web Linking, including new features for team transcribers

Last week, we rolled out several enhancements to the TypeWell Web Linking service, making the screen display more accessible and adding new features for team transcribers.

New colors for Web Reader display 

Where viewers previously only had two options (black on white, yellow on black), there are several new color display options.

Web Linking New Colors

Use the drop-down menu at the top of the Web Reader page in your browser to change the background and font colors. This feature makes the display more accessible to people with different visual needs. 

Behind the scenes, we also improved specific elements on the Web Reader page to make it accessible for individuals who use screen readers.

Q Rdemo Scan this QR code with your mobile device to view a "live" Web Linking demo.

Teaming "bug" fixed

A couple of remote transcribers reported a problem where one team member's typing would show up, but the other team member's typing did not, even though they were linked to the same channel. This was due to not having the cursor at the very end of the document when the transcriber began typing at the start of a new turn.

That problem is now resolved, so transcribers don't have to think about their cursor position or worry about "invisible" spaces at the end of the transcript.

New "teamcolor" display

Optionally highlight team transcribers' typing in different colors by adding the special code ?teamcolor to the end of a Web Linking URL. As of this writing, the teamcolor feature is available on the beta server but will soon be pushed out to the East Coast and West Coast servers.

To see the teamcolor feature in action, view this online demo in your browser and watch when the transcribers "switch off" after a few paragraphs. The second transcriber's typing is highlighted in green (or purple):

Web Reader Demo Teamcolor

The second transcriber's typing is highlighted in green.

We do not recommend sharing the ?teamcolor option with readers unless they specifically ask to distinguish between the different transcribers' typing. The highlighting can be visually distracting, making the transcript harder to read. 

However, there may be cases when viewers do wish to distinguish between the different typists, such as:

  • when a reader or supervisor wishes to evaluate different transcribers' skills during a teamed assignment 
  • when transcribers wish to select all the text from the Web Reader window, paste it into a text editor such as Microsoft Word, and preserve the highlighting so they can quickly find and edit their own sections of the transcript 

For more information about how to team with Web Linking, including how to preserve the colored highlighting during editing, see this article in the TypeWell Support Center: How to team with Web Linking.


Kate Ervin

Kate became a TypeWell transcriber in 2004 and began training new transcribers in 2009. She has served as TypeWell's Executive Director since 2011.

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