How People Execute Handwriting

Unknown author (1975-07)

This report describes research done at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Support for the laboratory's artificial intelligence research is provided in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense under Office of Naval Research contract N00014-75-C-0643-0003.

Working Paper

Handwriting is shown to be composed mainly of cup-shaped strokes lasting approximately 200 msec. The strokes are based on a hexagonal pattern, with quantized slopes and lengths. Each side of the hexagon is produced by a 40 msec acceleration burst. Smooth writing is produced by merging and rounding these bursts.