On 4/26/2013 9:06 AM, Louis Talman wrote: > On Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:25:16 -0600, Richard Fateman > <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> Mathematica >> has an option to insert audible parentheses, but that is clumsy, and it >> should not be necessary. > > When I was a graduate student many moons ago, I read research journal > articles onto tape for a blind mathematician. > > I have to disagree that inserting audible parentheses isn't > necessary. It may be clumsy, but most of audible mathematics is > clumsy. There are, I think, few alternatives, short of using something > akin to (reverse) Polish notation, for some folks.
Sorry I was not clear on this. _Mathematica's option is *clumsy*. _ I agree that some grouping markers are necessary. Example.
Let s = a*(b + c) + d SpokenString[s] is
a times the quantity b plus c plus d (which Mathematica 9 pronounces defectively as ahtimes ...., and fails to group the b+c.)
SpokenString[s, IncludeParentheses -> True] is
a times open parenthesis b plus c close parenthesis plus d
which is, in my opinion, CLUMSY. Incidentally, the documentation is buggy. It directs you to type "IncludeParentheses"-> True, but the quote marks are unnecessary. Perhaps this is all the work of a summer intern.).
How then to group the expression if not to say o-pen pa-ren-thi-sis (6 syllables) and close pa-ren-thi-sis (5 syllables)?
How about A times open b plus c close plus d or A times quantity b plus c endquantity plus d A times left b plus c right plus d