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Which Wacom tablet do I need?

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 - 8 answers

Tools to help decipher handwriting?

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 - 4 answers

How does a right-handed person teach a lefty how to write (etc)?

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 - 21 answers

Please help decipher this handwritten location in Sweden

This snippet 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 - 9 answers

handwritten medical records hard to read?

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. [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Jan 9, 2014 - 19 answers

Is there a way to send typewritten Xmas letters with sentimental value?

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 - 24 answers

Russian Cursive

Where can I see numbered diagrams for handwriting each Cyrillic letter?
posted by slowlikemolasses on Dec 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Handwriting without tears.

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 - 17 answers

"I Love You" or "Love You"?

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 - 19 answers

I need to learn to write!

I need to learn to write with my other hand. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Feb 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me write beautiful letters.

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 - 5 answers

Fonts to handwrite, not handwriting fonts

I'm looking for some inspiration for fonts/styles of printed writing for me to handwrite. [more inside]
posted by fermezporte on Nov 29, 2012 - 5 answers

is this grandma's writing?

Do you think the same person wrote all the words on this paper? [more inside]
posted by orangemacky on Nov 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Making reasonable font

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 - 6 answers

Ja sam student... Ja sam glup...

How can I learn to hand write in Serbian Cyrillic? [more inside]
posted by jph on Sep 26, 2012 - 7 answers

For f's sake

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 - 63 answers

Help me decipher this handwritten placename!

Bad scan, old handwriting; can anyone decipher this handwritten Irish placename? [more inside]
posted by andraste on Aug 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Karen _______, age 13

Illegible-filter: what's the name written on the back of this photograph? All I can make out is "Karen _______, age 13."
posted by hermitosis on Jul 29, 2012 - 32 answers

Write this down, Jeeves. Stop. All right, ready?

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 - 27 answers

Are these things related?

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 - 15 answers

Syncing iPad handwritten notes with a desktop app (and vice versa)?

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 - 9 answers

doctors - so smart, but such horrible handwriting.

Calling all physicians and handwriting experts - what does this say on my mom's death certificate? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 3, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I add a personal touch to a letter when I have terrible handwriting?

I want to send a letter with a personal touch but I have horrific handwriting. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Mar 19, 2012 - 31 answers

I want to write right!

I want beautiful handwriting. [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Feb 15, 2012 - 22 answers

Tinner? Tanner?

Please help me read this census entry: On line 61: what is this gentleman's occupation?
posted by Mr.Me on Feb 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me decipher this old handwriting.

Help me decipher some old handwriting. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Jan 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Spicing my handwriting

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 - 10 answers

Learning to write Eastern Arabic numerals

Remember those handwriting practice worksheets with little arrows showing you how to write letters (image here)? I'm looking for something like that - but for Eastern Arabic numerals. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Nov 22, 2011 - 1 answer

Why can't I write in this title box? With a pen?

Tablets and handwriting recognition. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Nov 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Megan, write this down: "Dear the Man from U.N.C.L.E. ..."

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 - 20 answers

How have you developed a handwriting habit?

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 - 17 answers

Have an old letter - need help transcribing a few words.

I have this old hand written letter that I need help transcribing. [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis on Jun 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Decipher handwritten German letter?

Germanfilter: Can someone help me translate this German handwritten letter? [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie on May 23, 2011 - 3 answers

New Signature a Problem

Is changing my signature a legal no-no/nightmare? [more inside]
posted by DU on May 16, 2011 - 34 answers

Help deciphering some old handwriting?

Deciphering old handwriting...please hope me. [more inside]
posted by cowboy_sally on May 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Is handwriting analysis a valid forensic tool?

Is handwriting analysis a valid forensic technique? [more inside]
posted by gkhan on Apr 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Can I take control of my written life?

How do I learn to love my writing enough to complete my work? [more inside]
posted by kryppuk on Apr 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Kaishu font, but written with a ballpoint pen, not a brush

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 - 3 answers

What does this stained glass say?

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 - 6 answers

Handwriting in the modern age, but not that modern

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 - 7 answers

It's a series of (really poorly labeled) tubes. . .

Biomed folks! Please give me your tips, tricks and tools for writing legibly on Eppendorf tubes! [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Aug 5, 2010 - 17 answers

Creating a handwriting font!

Can fonts have multiple versions of the same character with rules? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Jul 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Bubble hand, bubble head?

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 - 59 answers

Vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift to the max!

What's the best book I can use to teach myself Vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift? [more inside]
posted by subpixel on Jun 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Handwriting OCR

I'm looking for a handwriting OCR program for OS X. [not evernote] [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Jun 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Is Cursive Faster?

Is cursive handwriting faster than print handwriting? (Inspired by this question.) [more inside]
posted by k. on May 19, 2010 - 31 answers

Should we still teach children to write in "script"?

Why should children learn to write in cursive (script)? Or, rather, shouldn't they not? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson on May 16, 2010 - 84 answers

The Engrish Arphabet

Is there a word for foreign "accents" in handwriting? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 12, 2010 - 24 answers

Greek handwriting

How can I improve my Greek handwriting? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Apr 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Wanted: "Programmatic Handwriting Recognition for Dummies".

How can I learn how to programmatically recognized Japanese handwriting? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 13, 2010 - 9 answers

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