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Handwriting comparisons

July 24, 2016 in Blog - Categories by James A. Green  |  No Comments
Initially, writers learn to write by emulating a handwriting system taught in school.  As students mature, they quickly stray from the copybook forms to making letters with individualizing features.  These characteristics may include variations in the form of the writing slant, the spacing between letters, the design and length of approach and termination strokes, the positioning of ‘i-dots’ and ‘t-crossings’, etc. There is natural variation in the signatures and writing of all people which is why document examiners will ask for several known writing samples of a suspected writer.  By having several samples, the signature expert will be able to establish a master pattern or consistency of the writer.  The questioned signature will then either conform to the known writing specimens or not. Handwriting examination is a complex and detailed field.  For example, some signatures may pictorially appear to the be the product of the same person.  However, a comparison by a document examiner may prove a signature in question was not genuine but rather the result of a simulation, tracing, or a ‘cut and paste’ fabrication.
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