I have came across 必 and wanted to learn how to write it. Though there are major differences between how it looks digitally and how it looks on paper. Here is the link I used : http://jisho.org/search/%E5%BF%85%20%23kanji

Which one should I follow when writing on paper?

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    How are they different in your view? To my eyes, they look virtually the same, the main difference being the third stroke... Is that what you are asking about?
    – ajsmart
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 14:00
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    "Which one should I follow when writing on paper, how it looks digitally and how it looks on paper?" -- The latter, I guess? でもまず「心」から練習してみたら・・筆順違うけど
    – chocolate
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 14:26

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When you practice writing kanji, use the form in the video or under "stroke order".

Typical Japanese serif fonts are called 明朝体, and sans-serif fonts are called ゴシック体. They are very common, but do not necessarily reflect how you should write characters by hand. (By the way, this is not specific to Japanese; many English serif fonts use "double-story g", which is not what people typically write by hand.)

There is a font called 教科書体 (literally "textbook font"), which is used in children's textbooks and reflects how people should handwrite characters. For more information, see: Is there an "official" font or other writing standard that should be used when teaching kanji?

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