SignWriting Cursive...can cursive writing not be joined?

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Dec 29 21:38:18 UTC 2008

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December 29, 2008

On Dec 28, 2008, at 5:20 AM, Sandy Fleming wrote:
> One is cursive, which is what I was taught in school. The idea behind
> cursive is to avoid lifting the pen by making loops to join everything
> up, even if these loops and joins distort the letters.
> The other is italic, which only joins letters that can be joined  
> without
> distorting anything, and lifts the pen otherwise. So italic is  
> closer to
> printing and so should be more readable.

Hello Sandy!
This is very informative above. I never knew the term "Italic" could  
be applied to any form of handwriting at all. That is a brand new term  
for me. I wonder if that is taught in the US now? It was not in my  
school in the US when I was a child...but I am very that was  
long ago - ha!

Here in the US, the term Italic refers to typesetting by computer that  
looks like this...maybe this is true in England too?  I agree that  
your Italic handwriting sample you showed us was easier to read for  

Hello Sandy! (see attached screen capture below)

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