Why no entry strokes in Sassoon fonts?

When researching what letterforms children found easiest to read many revealed that they like what they called a flick-up on the letters. They explained that it somehow bound the word together and made it easier to read. Hence the exit stroke on Sassoon Primary letters.

When publishers and teachers asked for a version to represent handwriting these child-friendly letters worked well. The exit stroke promoted a forward movement of the hand so all that was needed to join up was to keep the pen on the paper between letters. No more static print script.

Entry strokes are a throw back to Copperplate and the 19th century. They were essential then to promote the flow of ink when using a quill. Today, with modern pens and the requirements of handwriting, they are neither necessary nor desirable.

More about this topic can be found in some relevant books by Rosemary Sassoon. (These links open in a new Window)...

Handwriting: The Way To Teach It. Sage Publishing

Computers and Typography (Volume 2 Hardback). Intellect Books

Computers and Typography (Volume 2 Paperback). Intellect Books

The Art and Science of Handwriting. Intellect Books

The Aquisition of a Second Handwriting System. Intellect Books

Handwriting of the Twentieth Century. Intellect Books

See all books by Rosemary Sassoon here...