How big?

Hi all,

I’m wondering if there’s an ideal size for Gregg. In my Simplified manual, it’s all quite small, but perhaps that’s because they needed to fit more in and scaled it down. I find it difficult to write that small, so mine’s a bit bigger.
I know Gregg doesn’t need  lines, but is it a good idea to use the lines as a guide (so a J always takes up all the space between the lines, but a CH goes only halfway etc.)?
Same question goes for vowels. I can imagine a situation where I look at somebody else’s shorthand and see ‘ale’ (a l) where they intended ‘ear’ or ‘were’ (e r). Admittedly, I’d have to see it in isolation to make this mistake, I suppose – if I saw it as part of a larger block, I might work out that this person wrote ‘big’.
So I suppose my question is this: does the size of the strokes matter in relation only to each other, or is there an absolute standard?

(by kevinwal for everyone)

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  1. Andrew posted a nice article written by Martin Dupraw in the Documents section called "dupraw.gif" that explains that your shorthand size is mostly a matter of personal preference, like in longhand.  It was helpful for me to see how others write Gregg.  You might like to write some letters to those in the penpal section.  If you're worried that your writing isn't good enough, then write me–I suck!   ___________________ Shorthand: isn't it about time?

  2. collisions – link with information on writing shorthand. Center Ruled Pads – link with info on the various pads for shorthand and other intersesting information.   I write big longhand and shorthand.  That's just me.  Always have. Debbi

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