Veronica Brandt
Veronica Brandt
Veronica Brandt is a mother of six with a background in computers and music. For fun she knits and finds ways to make life complicated.
17 Sep, 2012 2 min read

DIY handwriting worksheets with LaTeX

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There are several handwriting fonts already designed in METAFONT - the native font engine for TeX and family. Most of these are German, one Austrian, one French - that’s just the ones I know of.

Handwriting Samples

handwriting-samples

So there you have Lateinische Ausgangsschrift, French Cursive, Vereinfachten Ausgangsschrift, Österreichische Scholschrift and TW Cal 14. Makes a change from all the US based handwriting worksheet generators which provide variations on Zaner-Bloser, D’Nealian and Getty Dubay. It’s still a far cry from the Australian Foundation Handwriting that I grew up with (italic, but taller ascenders and descenders than Getty).

That’s part of the fun of DIY homeschooling - so many options.

And how I made the sample sheet:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{la}
\usepackage{frcursive}
\usepackage[cm]{fullpage}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{va}
\usepackage{oesch}
\usepackage{twcal14}

\begin{document}

\renewcommand{\seyesDefault}{\color{gray}}
\setlength{\parindent}{0mm}
%\setlength{\baselineskip}{12pt}
\setlength{\parskip}{10pt}

\huge

\lahuge

Lateinische Aushangsschrift:

\seyes{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}

\seyes{\phantom{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}}


\begin{cursive}
\acadshape

French Cursive

\seyes{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}

\seyes{\phantom{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}}

\end{cursive}

\vacalfont

Vereinfachten Ausgangsschrift

\seyes{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}


\seyes{\phantom{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}}

\oeschfamily

\"Osterreichische Scholschrift


\seyes{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}

\seyes{\phantom{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}}

TW Cal 14

\twcal

\seyes{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}

\seyes{\phantom{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog \quad}}

\end{document}

Theoretically it should work for any fonts - maybe next thing is to try using it with Christopher Jarman Handwriting Fonts (make sure you download the PC truetype fonts - unless you have a RISC/Acorn computer and know what you’re doing).

Update: Briem Handwriting includes an italic font which has a lined variant.