Terms Used in Evaluation of your Hand
Definitions yet in progress
Illustrations to follow soon...
We usually measure the Size of handwriting based on the
height of a typical lower-cased letter somewhere
in the hand, like an 'e' or 'a'. Check out its height
and that will be our measuring stick. We'll refer to this as
The Baseline is what would be the line on your page
you're writing on. We specifically request for most
samples that you use UN-LINED paper, because we like to
watch what happens to the writing as pertains to this baseline.
Slope usually refers to the movement of the handwriting
along an imaginary BaseLine... does it wander up or down
as it goes along, or does it pretty much hang in there flat?
Slant refers to the position of the characters from side to
side... Do they tend to lean to the LEFT or to the RIGHT?
There are typically three Zones in handwriting: The Middle Zone,
the Upper Zone, and the Lower Zone. See each below for more info.
The Middle Zone is usually the beginning point for most HW
considerations: It's where most things take place in general,
where they tend to start and where they tend to end.
The Upper Zone is that area where letters and characters reach
up toward the upper part of the page, such as in the top of
capitals, or where letters like a small h then to reach into.
(The small h, actually supposedly doesn't reach to the top of
the UZ, but still it's upper...)
The Lower Zone is that area where letters and characters reach
down toward the bottom edge of the page, such as in the small
cursive letters p, z, and y.
Printing vs. Writing
Cursive is the flowing kind of writing which people often refer
to as "handwriting" or "not printing."
Manuscript is the kind of writing which people often refer to as
"printed letters" or "printing."
Handedness refers to which hand you typically prefer to write
with. Typically, you are either Left-Handed or Right-Handed,
although some people are Ambidextrous, which means that they
can pretty much equally use either hand.
Roundess / Sharpness
All handwriting will have both Rounded and Sharp characters in them,
simply by virtue of the shape of letters. But if you take a general
overview of the hand, you should see that the hand FEELS either more
Sharp, or more Round... more pointed or more smoothe. Which is it?
Take a look at what would 'normally' be more rounded letters / digits:
c, e, n, o, p, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc. Are the "soft edges" more round
or more sharp?
And take a look at what would 'normally' be sharper points:
A, K, N, Y, Z, 4, 7 ..., etc. Are the "sharper points" of
these charactres actually sharp, or are they more rounded?
In general with the hand, then, which stroke stands out
more? Rounded or Sharp? One or the other should stand out.
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