able to identify handwriting characteristics can help you to spot
forgeries, identify perpetrators, prove identities, tell about the age of
documents, and so on.
are a number of characteristics of handwriting that should generally be
Arrangement of Writing
way that writing is arranged is often as unique and identifiable as the
looking at the arrangement you are looking not at individual letters or
words, but at how the writing is arranged on the document.
to look at include margins, spacing, crowding, insertions and
have styles in their use of punctuation, phraseology and grammar.
is even often easy to see, for example, if a person uses an American,
British or Australian dictionary.
is particularly noticeable with printed, or block capital, letters.
characters are almost always written the same way, such as a C or an S.
there are a number of characters that may be written in quite a few
different ways, such as A, B, E, G, H, K, N, O, T and Y.
examining character construction you look at the order in which the
strokes of a letter are made and the direction in which they are
Proportions of Letters
use their own unique proportions for letters.
proportions refer to the height and width of letters or parts of
example, in letters such as B or S some people have the bottom half fatter
or thinner, or shorter or taller than the top half.
looking at slant you consider how much the writing generally slopes to the
left or right.
have base line habits, for example straight, dropping or rising base
often even have identifiable base line characteristics for individual
the dot for an “i” or the crossing for a “t” is placed is usually
unique to a writer. Often there are patterns in the use.
way in which the crossing for a double “t” is placed is a good
indicator. For example, is one stroke used for both letters or are two
strokes used, how long is the stroke, how high is it, how angled is it,
flourishes and embellishments a person uses may even help identify the age
of the person as there are styles that are used and go out of
you consider factors such as the naturalness, consistency and confidence
of the line.
people have a tendency not to lift the pen between certain words or
letters where this is normally done.
Pen Lifts and
the pen is lifted and separations tend to form a style in the way a person
By looking carefully at handwriting you will find other factors.
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