Slop Strokes

I recently rediscovered slop strokes, so I thought I’d post about them. I’ve known about them for a long time, but rarely used them because they’re kind of a pain to enter and are only useful in limited circumstances.

What is a slop stroke? A slop stroke is basically a misstroke, but instead of defining it as a separate entry, you tell Eclipse what you meant to write. So, for example, when you hit the left bank for a Q, you probably don’t hit that perfectly every time. Sometimes you miss a letter or two or three or etc. (*shameface*) Instead of defining such a misstroke as {Q} in your dictionary, you would tell Eclipse the correct steno {=STPHKWR}. This tells Eclipse to refer to the correct steno entry, which is useful for conflicts. (Note: In the original post I said they were also good for entries with lots of misstrokes and that, as it turns out, is incorrect. Whoops.)

It’s useful with conflicts because then you don’t have two sets of conflicts that you have to train; all the misstrokes go under one entry and Eclipse’s AI can learn from your selections even if you misstroke.

How to enter a slop stroke into your dictionary: Go to the special entries drop-down menu in the global box and select the slop stroke option. (It’s at the very bottom.)



From there, Eclipse will bring up the virtual steno keyboard and you can select the steno you meant to hit.  You can type the letters or use the mouse to click on the keys.


And that’s it! Eclipse will then format the dictionary entry for you.

PS: You can also type the entry by hand if you wish. The template is {=X} where X is the correct steno entry. So, for example, the above screenshot would lead to {=PHAEB} and if you really know your steno, you can just type it in instead of going through all those menus. (I’m exceptionally bad at this because I think of PHAEB as MAEB, and I always forget to convert back to real steno.)


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