handwriting as an aid to keeping the writing straight on the page.
Somehow, over the years, there has developed the idea that writing on ruled paper
indicates some kind of deficiency and unless handwriting is on blank paper whilst
maintaining straight lines, it’s to be looked down on, with a certain amount of derision.
In my own small way, I’d like to attempt to redress the balance and restore the use of
horizontal guidelines to their proper place.
There are many examples of guidelines having been commonplace in medieval times.
They weren’t thought of as ‘crutches’ to good writing to be removed as soon as possible
but were often considered an integral part of the overall design and appearance of
the finished text and, as such, were left in place on completion of the writing.
One technique which was particularly effective, was to handwrite between the lines
instead of on them. In this way, the lines were an aid to maintaining straight writing,
but instead of the lines interfering with the lettering as they were crossed by ascenders
and descenders, the effect was to frame the lettering and produce an attractive whole.
IMHO using lined paper in handwriting needn’t be a bad thing and you aren’t a lesser
person if you choose to do so! You are in good company as the Writing Masters of a
bygone age would testify!
This minuscule x-height in this example is about 3mm and the lines are 8mm apart.
Edited by caliken, 08 December 2010 - 22:31.