Throughout time people have been looking for ways to gather information. The invention of the printing press allowed large scale production of documents and printing of the earliest forms. Until the 1980’s information collected from forms was tabulated by hand or manually entered into a computer. Hand print recognition technology has progressed significantly since that time, but the accuracy and productivity of forms processing is highly dependent on form design.
There are many factors to consider when designing a form to collect hand printed responses. The form needs to be easily understood by your target audience. The form needs to make very clear where the user is to write their responses, and the response area should be constrained.
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