My dad, who is an engineering professor who can barely type, is looking for something that can help him put together lecture slides. I'm not sure if we want to attempt handwriting recognition, or just hand-write slides (similar to Khan Academy videos), but would a Wacom tablet suffice? If so, which model should I get? [more inside]
posted by acidic
on Jun 11, 2014 -
I do a good bit of genealogy research at work and help others with theirs as well. I want to get better at deciphering handwriting (in English) from the colonial period onward. Has anyone used any specific resources that helped them with this? I don't need a certification or anything but I would like to be able to show I've done my research in this area. Thanks!
posted by justnathan
on May 28, 2014 -
How does a right-handed person teach a left-handed person how to write (and do other stuff)? [more inside]
posted by pracowity
on May 16, 2014 -
is from a petition for naturalization filed in North Dakota (USA) in 1908. It is referring to the birth place of a man born in Sweden in 1874. Anyone with more knowledge of historical Swedish parishes and/or turn-of-the-century handwriting care to help me decipher the first word? [more inside]
posted by muddgirl
on Mar 12, 2014 -
After experiencing an extremely nasty psychiatrist I just need to get my medical records per the request to my insurance to get partial reimbursement for the claim.
posted by pack2themoon
on Jan 9, 2014 -
I would like to send Christmas letters, including one to a girl I like. There's only one problem: I have terrible handwriting. It's really, really bad. I've worked on improving it my whole life, but my motor skills just can't seem to pick up on the knack of writing properly; my words honestly look like the scribbles of a child, and unless I take care are sometimes illegible to other people.
For this reason I much prefer typing things, but I feel that much of the sentimentality is lost if a letter is typed. Is there any way for me (through cool program, font, or other method) to send something that's typed that gives the same impact a written letter would? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on Dec 11, 2013 -
Where can I see numbered diagrams for handwriting each Cyrillic letter?
posted by slowlikemolasses
on Dec 5, 2013 -
I never learned to hold a pen correctly. My extremely awkward method involves pressing my index and middle fingers hard on the top of my pen. As a result, my hand quickly gets tired and cramped. Can I change this? How much practice would be involved? It's easy to find descriptions of better grips, but I don't find advice for adults who want to change long-established bad habits.
posted by Wordwoman
on Sep 16, 2013 -
I'm getting a tattoo in memorial for my grandmother who passed away. It will be in her handwriting but I need help deciding how to phrase it. Photo and details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace
on Jun 17, 2013 -
I need to learn to write with my other hand. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by pdb
on Feb 6, 2013 -
Rather than rely on our usual email correspondence, I would like to write some letters by hand to someone very important to me who lives very far away. [more inside]
posted by Callicvol
on Jan 26, 2013 -
I would like to create a font using someone's handwriting and am looking for a good software with which to do this. I'm not an expert in this, so it would have to have a small learning curve, unless it is really worth it for me to spend time learning so I can get reasonable results. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek
on Oct 19, 2012 -
How do you write your lowercase 'f's? All above the line or partly below? I'm trying to work out if this is a US/UK-specific thing. [more inside]
posted by atlantica
on Aug 14, 2012 -
How fast could people dictate before typewriters? You see in movies or read in books about valets or secretaries taking dictation. Were they using a shorthand system? Or was it longhand, but with abbreviations and such? Can I find examples of such drafts/notes?
posted by Busoni
on Jul 29, 2012 -
I have a lot of trouble with spatial relations, am clumsy, find fine motor skills difficult, and have some bodily asymmetries. Are these related and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara
on May 24, 2012 -
Is there an iPad handwritten note-taking app that also
has extensive file organization AND syncing capability (like Evernote)? [more inside]
posted by saladpants
on May 4, 2012 -
I'd like to use different fonts, decorations and little icons when I write on my paper notebook. I'm thinking stuff like Mike Rhode's.
Do any of you have any other examples of cool handwritten notes for inspiration?
posted by jgwong
on Jan 13, 2012 -
Back when people still used handwriting for pretty much everything, what did they do for acronyms and initialisms? I'm just having a hard time imagining the Palmer uppercase forms being used to spell out NATO or AT&T or the like. Any pictorial examples would be especially appreciated.
posted by Busoni
on Jul 26, 2011 -
What are some handwriting uses that encourage regular, repeated sessions? Difficulty: Meaningful output (i.e. not rote exercises), creativity optional (i.e. writing short stories, composing lyrics are less desirable). [more inside]
posted by brentajones
on Jun 29, 2011 -
Does anyone know of a free Traditional Chinese kaishu-style font that looks like it was written with a ballpoint pen or pencil (not a calligraphic pen or brush)? I'm currently using HanWangFangSongMedium from this page
, which I quite like, but it's in fangsong style. It's for my computer flashcards when trying to remember how to write characters (e.g English word -> Chinese character). [more inside]
posted by Gnatcho
on Mar 23, 2011 -
Odd 'writing' on a stained glass panel - can you work out what, if anything, it says? [more inside]
posted by Catseye
on Mar 23, 2011 -
Is there a website or websites with lots of examples of handwriting? Mostly interested in handwriting before ubiquity of word processors, so up to 1960, say, and starting from the 18th century. Interested in penmanship of people who wrote daily, so journals, letters, as well as business forms, etc. Interested in mostly English (language) examples, but other languages using a Roman alphabet also a bonus.
posted by Busoni
on Aug 25, 2010 -
Big, round bubble handwriting: does it correlate with intelligence? If so, why might this be the case? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus
on Jun 25, 2010 -