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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.

Both approaches are compromises.

@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.

Kim Reece@kimreece@mathstodon.xyz@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.