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Handwriting Q&A With Kate

A: YES! Especially for quick notes like phone numbers/names/messages, on-the-spot jottings/memos, short faxes pen/pencil and paper remain the medium of choice. Just check your fridge door!

A lot of the info stored in computers or sent over phone lines exists, at some point, only as someone’s handwriting, including data entry, receptionists’ forms.

Even today’s computers depend more and more on non-keyboard input such as pen-based input and handwriting recognition. Does your handwriting “compute”?

A: Questioning your schooldays’ handwriting lessons can mean you have great potential to improve your handwriting because some of the most annoying things about typical school-handwriting lessons really do not have much of a point. And the people who notice that often do the best with Handwriting Repair.

Unlike time-wasting conventional approaches, Handwriting Repair eliminates the extra frills and distractions that our handwriting has added over the last 500 years.

A: Though Handwriting Repair fits the recommendations of recent research involving the ergonomics of our letters, Handwriting Repair also stands solidly on the original traditions of handwriting instruction in our alphabet as this developed through history.

A: No. You could never end up writing like any other person or anyone’s “perfect” textbook examples even if you wanted to! In writing, as in any other physical skill, we all learn the basics, but the more we make those basics a part of us the more our unique selves blaze through.

A child learns to walk or an injury survivor relearns. He or she doesn’t worry, “Do I walk individually enough? Or does my walk look the same as anybody else’s?” Yet each of us steps through life with a distinctive, personal walk, although we each learned to walk the same as anyone else.

A: Yes, the word “Italic” refers to a type-face style … and it also refers to a handwriting style: the style which inspired many Italic type-fonts of today. The name “Italic” refers to things from Italy – the style of handwriting called Italic developed in Renaissance Italy in the 15th century, at the same time as the development of book-printing with movable type.

Since paper cost a lot in those early times, printers in Venice, Italy decided to print as legibly as possible on as small an amount of paper as possible which meant that they had to use a highly legible, but compact, style of letter.

So, when space and paper-saving were crucial, they copied the most legible and compact handwriting style of the time: Italic handwriting.

Since Italic writing has a very slight slant, in contrast to other traditional handwriting styles that gave us other type-fonts and type-styles, the word “Italic” in reference to a type-font came to mean “slanted”.

A: No legal sources researched by me or by my legal counsel justify the common assumption that signatures require cursive. The following material legally defining signatures and writing comes from definitions in Black’s Law Dictionary, and from definitions in the revised Uniform Commercial Code, the law in all fifty USA States. Neither source mentions cursive as a requirement for signatures or for handwriting.

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