Handwriting - Uniqueness of Individuals' Handwriting

Uniqueness of Individuals' Handwriting

Every literate human has her or his own manner of writing. There are many peculiarities in a handwritten text:

  • specific shape of letters, e.g. their roundness or sharpness;
  • regular or irregular spacings between letters;
  • the slope of the letters;
  • the rhythmic repetition of the elements or arrhythmia;
  • the pressure to the paper;
  • the average size of letters;
  • and many others.

Handwriting is relatively stable, i.e. the style of writing changes slowly with age. Another important fact is that all people have different handwriting. Even identical twins have differences. Therefore, the most common type of questioned document examination involves handwriting wherein the examiner tries to address concerns about potential authorship.

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