There are two different Total Eclipse features you can use to simulate conflicts solely for purposes of editing. This allows you to select conflicts by hand, rather than type them all.

(NOTE: This is not the same as working with a reporter’s steno conflicts; the conflicts discussed in this document are conflicts you create for yourself solely for editing purposes. To learn about managing reporter conflicts, and having the reporter benefit from your choices in editing, see, or view the page entitled “Working With A Scopist” in the Total Eclipse Version 4 help system.)


You can build a steno dictionary of the conflicts you’d like to use in editing, and apply it to each new transcript you get. To do this:

1. Build a dictionary of your desired editing conflicts. Call it EDITING CONFLICTS.DIX or some such thing. Assign each conflict to a steno stroke.

2. Each time you get a new transcript, go to Tools/Apply Globals, and then select the EDITING CONFLICTS.DIX dictionary.

Total Eclipse will go through the transcript, and apply every entry in the Editing Conflicts dictionary to the transcript, as if you had globalled it. For example if you had THEUR=\there\their\they’re in your Editing Conflicts dictionary, every instance of THEUR in the transcript would change to that conflict. You can then pick each conflict as you come to it, using the 1/2/3 keys.

Note that this approach is tied to steno. If you have different reporters, and they have different ways of writing something you’d like to make an editing conflict for, you’ll have to account for that in the Editing Conflicts dictionary.


Eclipse has a brand-new feature that will allow you to create one-stroke editing conflicts. You can put the cursor on the word “here”, and, with one keystroke, change it to “hear.” However, you have to be on Developmental Version or later, and there is some setup involved.

First, you have to create a list of desired editing conflicts. To do this:

1. Go to User Settings/Programming tab/Typeover Tracking. 2. Make an entry for each component of the editing conflict. The syntax is:


For example:


These are two separate entries in the list. You set each word in the conflict equal to the other word in the conflict, and add an exclamation point at the end.

If you want a multi-way conflict, do it like this:


For example:


The same technique can be used to create editing conflicts with four or more options, if you desire them.

Once you’ve created a list of editing conflicts, you have to make a macro that utilizes them. The macro consists of the following steps:

Command: Type Text
Command: Word Left

(Word Left is optional. If you include it, the cursor will stay in the same place after you do a conflict edit. If not, it will move. Try both and decide which you like better.)

Assign the macro to a hyperkey. The easiest way is to click the Speed Key button from the itself.

Now, here’s the magic part: you now have a hyperkey that will change “here” to “hear”, or whatever you like, with one keystroke. Open a transcript, put the cursor on “here”, push the key, and it changes to “hear”. Do it again and it changes back to “here.”

This key will also allow you to do a quick-change from among three choices. If you made the Typeover Tracking entries as explained above, you can use the key to cycle through “there” “their” and “they’re.”

This technique gives you a one-keystroke way to make quit edits for words that are similar to each other. Again, it will have no impact on your reporter's dictionary, or your ability to pick conflicts for them.

If any questions about this process, please post them and I will be glad to answer them.

Gary Stephen Jr.
Advantage Software
gary at eclipse cat dot com

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