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killian441

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Tools for deciphering handwriting
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:34:41 pm »
I found this crossword solving tool online, and found it to be pretty helpful in deciphering words for which I am confident about a couple of letters and can not figure out the others:

http://www.becomeawordgameexpert.com/crosswordsolver.htm
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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010, 04:51:25 am »
Looks like a pretty awesome find.

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 08:25:15 pm »

OH yeah, that's definitely going on the links page.  Thanks for that, Killian!


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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2010, 01:03:01 am »
That is excellent. What a find - thank you. Gordon

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2011, 07:32:17 am »
I've found that, if the handwriting is particularly difficult to read, it can be easier to make out the comments before the page is magnified. It helps me, at least, look at the shape of the word rather than individual letters, and I find I can read and understand comments that I'd been puzzling over in the magnifier box.
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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2011, 08:05:31 am »
That only helps with reasonably-sized handwriting, though.:( My current log-keeper's hand is fairly legible, but extremely tiny and cramped, so I need the magnifier box so I can even make out the shape of the words, never mind individual letters.

Luckily, hardly anything noteworthy happens on the Patia anyway. :P

Edit: Take the bottom right section on this page, for example:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54562/ADM%2053-54562-003_1.jpg
There's no way I could read that without the magnifying tool.
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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2012, 06:24:32 am »
This one's a forgotten treasure and a very good find!!  we'll keep it. :)

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012, 01:42:01 am »
I found this crossword solving tool online, and found it to be pretty helpful in deciphering words for which I am confident about a couple of letters and can not figure out the others:

http://www.becomeawordgameexpert.com/crosswordsolver.htm

Hi Killian441
I have tried loading it a couple of times and each time it shows an error in the Java box, and then it freezes IE.  I started Task Manager last time to close the page as I could not click on anything or open any pages. Did anyone else have a problem with the page recently?

I will try another Crossword Solver as I am stuck on a Harbour name in the "Rush".

Thanks
Karin

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2012, 07:34:19 am »
Hi Angel.
The site works properly in Firefox and Chrome.
If you are using IE9, it may be one of those cases where you have to run Compatibity View.
Nope. It works for me in IE also.
« Last Edit: November 01, 2012, 07:36:15 am by Caro »

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2012, 07:44:42 am »
If you post a link to the page (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=1073.msg10001#msg10001), there are lots of people that would be happy to help you with the harbor name or any other questions.

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2012, 03:32:24 pm »
I was able to go to the the crossword link on Firefox, but couldn't type anything in.  what do I need to set?

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2012, 03:55:50 pm »
It is not working with Firefox for me either.
(I hadn't tried it before)

Doesn't work for me in Chrome either - though there it said that Java needed my permission to run :-\
« Last Edit: December 06, 2012, 04:00:14 pm by randi_2 »

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2012, 04:13:08 pm »
Something very odd is going on in their site - it works perfectly for me in Chrome, it shows up in Firefox, but with all boxes collapsed into a single black spot that is unusable, and perfectly fine in IE9.

PC laptop with Windows 7 here.

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2012, 06:59:14 pm »
It now works everywhere (Firefox, Chrome, IE) for me.

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2013, 09:45:20 am »
Reading Old Handwriting: http://www.moonzstuff.com/articles/oldhandwriting.html

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Trying to decipher handwritten records can cause intense frustration, not to mention brutal eyestrain.  Fortunately, it does get easier with practice!

Prior to the 20th century, most people used a style of handwriting called "copperplate," which was invented in England in the 16th century as an alternative to calligraphy for business records and official documents.  Traditional calligraphy is very time-consuming to write because the pen has to be repeatedly lifted off the paper.  Calligraphy was fine for monks in the Middle Ages, but in the furious Age of Commerce, an alternative was needed.  Copperplate filled the need for quick and efficient paperwork.

Scroll down for: The following table is taken from 19th century North Carolina census records, and shows some of the variations in copperplate handwriting.


I found this interesting, since most of my other searches lead to copperplate calligraphy.
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