This paper introduces a new recognition-based segmentation approach to recognizing online cursive handwriting from a database of 10,000 English words. The original input stream of z, y pen coordinates is encoded as a sequence of uniform stroke descriptions that are processed by six feed-forward neural-networks, each designed to recognize letters of different sizes. Words are then recognized by performing best-first search over the space of all possible segmentations. Results demonstrate that the method is effective at both writer dependent recognition (1.7% to 15.5% error rate) and writer independent recognition (5.2% to 31.1% error rate). 1 Introduction With the advent of pen-based computers, the problem of automatically recognizing handwriting from the motions of a pen has gained much significance. Progress has been made in reading disjoint block letters [Weissman et.