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How should I transcribe equations?

Transcribing equations can be quite tricky, especially when they can include some unusual characters.

Where it is clear and easy to depict, always try to use the equation.

  • E.g. ‘Two times n plus one minus x’ should be depicted as ‘2n + 1 – x’.


  • ‘Squared’ – Write as a word. E.g. 42– x2 = 16x is ‘4x squared – x squared = 16x squared’.
  • Chemical equations – Use the subscript/superscript in normal case. E.g. ‘H2O’ should be ‘H2O’ in Scripta.

More questions? See our Recorded Captioning Style Guide.

Updated on June 15, 2022

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