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Speech recognition (SR) first made its entrance on the commercial stage in the early 1990s, but until recently it has struggled to make an impression as a credible speech transcription solution. In contrast, digital dictation (DD) is a comparative latecomer to the market and has gained credibility more from its flexibility than by providing a high-tech transcription offering. However, this seems preferable to many law firms, who choose it over the pure SR option. SR solutions have continued to improve, yet consistent achievement of accuracy figures close to 100% still seems some way over the horizon.

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