How do you feel about a video transcript using mathematical notation, e.g. "∑ x²" instead of "the sum of x squared"?
My hunch is that the fact notation isn't always read strictly left-to-right would make following both the video and transcript harder.

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@christianp I rarely have an issue with it until you have both Σ and σ which unfortunately happens very quickly in things I deal with. The deeper issue is, when you have sub and super scripts and capital and lower case and other case, and it starts all sounding like ttptppptptptptpptptpptpttdt (cf. symplectic geometry). Speaking the meaning rather than the notation also helps clarify, but I think spoken mathematics is a ripe field for progress, ie. mainly done horribly.

@christianp and assistive technology will not handle it well. @zorkow was doing some research in this area recently I believe.

@pkra @zorkow I meant using something which provides accessible versions, like MathJax. The problem would only be for people reading it visually.

@christianp @zorkow ah, cool. For a transcript this feels ok (and you can now customize/override sre output much better. Subtitles might be a different problem.

@christianp @zorkow wow that was full of typos. I mean to say that SRE now allows author customizations of speech output. So when SREs heuristics don't match the speaker, one can fix that in the transcript version (if so inclined).

@pkra @christianp Not sure symbolic transcription would really be useful. Maybe if you want to capture the maths from casual conversation. The current use case is subtitling online lectures where you want to caption a lecture of the benefit of your DHH students. I.e., you want to capture what to capture what the lecturer says to accompany the symbols that are already on the screen.

@christianp I would definitely prefer the words. Quite frankly it's been a long time since I did written maths like that and the concept would be fine but the symbols would be enough to make my brain jump into a different mode. Also the words don't require working utf support which is still depressingly bad and complicated in places.

@christianp I'm inclined toward the symbolic notation since - when done properly - it's unambiguous. The verbalization may not clear when transcribed, especially without the pauses and other metalanguage that a conscientious speaker would employ.
Both approaches are compromises.

@jsiehler @christianp Symbolic notation is never unambiguous, unless you're talking about programming languages or something. :P

@christianp for a transcript intended to be read alongside the video, I think the words would work better

for a transcript to be read separately, I think the symbols would be less ambiguous

@christianp I would prefer mathematical notation for the most part. As people speak it out loud, you should have enough time to also read it in writing, and it is mostly read from left to right and sometimes bottom-to-top or so.

I can't think of any mathematical notation that is read right to left...

Except things like commutative diagrams, but those aren't read out loud.

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