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Handwriting analysis. Analyzing handwriting to figure out who wrote a note, or if a document is forged, is an important tool for investigators A forgery is illegal, and is when you imitate someone’s signature to pretend to be them

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Analyzing handwriting to figure out who wrote a note, or if a document is forged, is an important tool for investigators

  • A forgery is illegal, and is when you imitate someone’s signature to pretend to be them
  • By the time a person is an adult, his or her handwriting is often as unique to them as a fingerprint.
there are 12 basic characteristics used for comparing handwriting

Line quality: do the letters flow? Are they written in individual strokes more like printing?

  • Spacing between words and letters (Big? Small?)
There are 12 basic characteristics used for comparing handwriting
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Ratio of height, width and size of letters

  • Lifting a pen: is the pen picked up between words?
  • Connecting strokes: How are the capital letters connected to lowercase letters?
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Strokes begin and end: Where does the letter begin and end on a page

  • Unusual letter formations
  • Pen pressure: is it different on up and down strokes?
  • Slant: do the letters slant right or left?
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Baseline habits: does the author write on the line, or above or below the line?

  • Fancy writing habits: are there any unusual curls or loops?
  • Placement of diacritics: does the author cross the T’s or dot the i’s? How does it look?
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