# Re: Speaking volts for variables

• From: Miller, Bruce R. (Fed) <bruce.miller@nist.gov>
• Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 06:33:58 -0400
• Message-ID: <4eddc272-244f-3f10-cbf5-6a2cf415ebd5@nist.gov>
```On 10/17/21 3:02 PM, Neil Soiffer wrote:
> Very strange decision about speaking volts in one case and not the other! Many people have
> filed bugs/complaints about JAWS speech -- it has a long way to improve. "Volts" is the
> tip of the "units" iceberg... although in this case, 'v' isn't even a unit.

Just to throw a wrench into the works, in *some* contexts I might expect
to hear "voltage" (think "power equals voltage times current") but not "volts".

bruce

>     Neil
>
> On Sun, Oct 17, 2021 at 7:46 AM Deyan Ginev <deyan.ginev@gmail.com
> <mailto:deyan.ginev@gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     Hello all,
>
>     A recent social media video that caught my attention had a demo of the
>     JAWS math viewer used on a Word document. The content was a polynomial
>     of a single variable, where the variable is named "v".
>
>     It seemed to be a nice motivating example for our "intent" work, also
>     since it is only 30 seconds. Video here:
>
>     You hear "v superscript 3" spoken "v cubed" and then "v superscript 2"
>     spoken "volt squared" and the single letter "v" spoken "volt". The "v
>     cubed" guess is correct, the other two are wrong.
>
>     This ties into a number of discussions we've had, including defaults,
>     subject areas and levels of education. High school physics can have
>     both polynomials and volts in the same exercise, so we're not yet in
>     "exotic" territory.
>
>     Greetings,
>     Deyan
>

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