Somewhat related: "A/An" preceding a parenthetical statement
When writing mathematics, one sometimes wants to write things like
x is not contained in (the closure of) the space Y.
The typical interpretation of this is that the statement holds whether or not the parenthetical statement is read. In this case, x would be contained neither in the space Y nor in the closure of the space Y.
One could also shift the parentheses:
x is not contained in the (closure of the) space Y.
Is there any convention as to which is better writing? I suspect that the first is preferred. It has the advantage that reading the parenthetical phrase does not change the referencing of articles to nouns. Of course, this implies that if the articles were different the second construction would not be an option. The second construction seems quite a bit stranger, but I have seen both in writing and occasionally the second one really did seem better in context.
Is there any strict convention on which should be used, or is it acceptable to choose based on stylistic concerns?
Admittedly I don't know of any context outside of mathematics where one would write a phrase like the ones I have quoted. It may be that this is entirely inappropriate use of parentheses in standard English; if this is the case feel free to close the question.