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Re: Devanagari handwriting?

From:Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 20:35
 --- Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> skrev:
> On Dec 7, 2004, at 9:36 PM, Steven Williams wrote: > > Since learning the Devanagari abugida, I've been > > curious as to how it's handwritten in everyday > usage. > > The script is _very_ difficult to write out as it > is > > printed, especially on account of the top bar. Do > the > > users of this alphabet just grin and bear it, or > do > > they have some form that they use in informal > > day-to-day communication? > > I've seen a Bengali-speaker write in Bengali, which > is closely related > to Devanagari, and she always wrote the dangling > parts of all the > letters first, and then wrote the line across the > top of the word at > the end.
That's what I do, but my hand often slips and the top line cuts the dangly parts of the character in half. Perhaps I shouldn't use a ballpoint for writing Devanagari :). Another question: the reference guide I'm using says that the entire sentence in Devanagari is written as one word, and hence, the top line can extend all the way across a page! Gah! Please say it ain't so! I can't write a straight line all the way across a page without making at least one detour!