I've seen two different stroke orders for this character: enter image description here


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Which one is more "correct" or widely used?

It seems to me that the fourth stroke in the latter picture is incorrect, and that it should be part of the second one. Is this right?

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    I don't really see them as wrong or right. They are just alternative stroke orders to me. – deutschZuid Apr 17 '13 at 21:55
  • Maybe you should look in 康熙字典 and see what is the correct stroke number. – Derek 朕會功夫 Apr 23 '13 at 7:16

I believe for 印 the 1st one is correct. 氏 is written in this order: enter image description here. The first 3 strokes are exactly same as those first 3 stroks in 印.

Consider the following characters: 卯, 留,齊(齐). We finish this part first, enter image description here, then add the next strokes, which are 丿, 丶, and ㇏ respectively.

But if you make the font of 印 like this, the 2nd order in your question is correct.

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The discussion above is for 楷书. But the stroke orders are sometimes different for 行书 or 草书, in order to write faster. See the following examples:

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Take enter image description here as an example, the stroke order is:enter image description here

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