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Best Way to Write Left-Handed September 20, 2006

Posted by federalist in Uncategorized.

It is painful to watch left-handers try to write left-to-right.  If their writing implement bleeds, then their hand is constantly inclined to smudge what they have just written.  And many end up contorting their hand through an unergonomic 90-degree bend to facilitate the left-right motion that comes naturally to the right hand.

We should instead encourage left-handed writing to be performed from right to left.  In order to facilitate this with left-to-right languages, we should teach left-handers “specular writing,” i.e., mirror-reversed writing.  Their script can then be read either in a mirror, through the back of the sheet on which they have written (e.g., holding it in front of a light source), or by scanning it into a computer and mirror-reversing it.  It worked for Leonardo DaVinci.



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