Handwriting at a glance
Form quality means looking at handwriting holistically without drilling into the detail, making decisions about the overall ‘flow’ of the script. In making a judgment on form, we look at several factors including the following:
Look for a good balance between the three zones. Is there tangling of lines? Does one zone hugely dominate the other?
How is the spacing between the letters, words and lines? Does the writing look well planned without being too rigidly regular?
Is there a natural and healthy pressure – neither agonisingly heavy or spidery light?
Rhythm and speed
A high form quality will not be so slow to look precise and not so fast that it looks neglected and illegible.
Is the size of letters relatively the same throughout? What about the slant, and the connection between letters?