The Importance of Shading Habits in Handwriting Identification

    Volume 28, Issue 1 (January 1983)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 January 1983

    Page Count: 4

    Moore, DS
    Questioned document examiner, Criminalistics Laboratory, Las Vegas, NV

    (Received 10 May 1982; accepted 22 June 1982)


    The importance of the unconscious habit of shading within an individual's handwriting and its relationship to handwriting identification is illustrated by a case study. The subtle variations of pen pressure within handwriting should always be a integral part of any forensic handwriting comparison. A thoughtful evaluation of seemingly unrelated, random movements within a questioned signature may often be deciphered as a carefully executed series of related movements with consistent pressure variations. If their sequence and relevance within the signature are correctly interpreted, these variations and movements can be of the utmost importance in a final determination of genuineness.

    Paper ID: JFS12264J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12264J

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    Title The Importance of Shading Habits in Handwriting Identification
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30