Regarding drawing quality, I draw 万 identically if I draw the vertical slant as second or third stroke. Regarding speed, IMHO my hand traverses a shorter distance in the paper by drawing the vertical slant as second stroke instead of third, so I'd draw the kanji slightly faster using that "wrong" order. As the recommended drawing order regarding any of the two kanji drawing parameters (prettiness and speed) does not seem better than the "wrong" drawing order, it seems arbitrary to me.The purpose of the order is to hand-write it most beautifully and quickly.
It can be different from each other.
Do not think why. It's a waste of time.
Sorry, but I don't see how drawing the horizontal hook of 万 as second stroke and the vertical slant as third stroke helps with that. In this specific kanji, no drawing order can achieve that. In fact, I think that choosing the recommended drawing order makes your hand traverse a larger distance in the paper, between each stroke.Because kanjis are traditionally written vertically from left to right, it is generally desired to follow a Zig Zag curve, so the tip of stroke always points to the top left corner of the next character.
I suppose you meant "the hook points left". Honestly I cannot see why that makes it easier to position the tip of the pen to draw the next stroke. If you measure the distance that the pen "flies over" the paper between each stroke in both drawing orders, I'm sure it is larger in the correct drawing order (and thus it takes longer). The second reason is more credible to me.I guess there are two reasons to write ㇆ before 丿.
First, the hook points up, making it easier to position your tip of your pen to draw next stroke.
Second, it is more consistent with its seal script origin.
I did not understand your question until I read the message on my smartphone. No I mean "points up", literally.I suppose you meant "the hook points left".
Ah, now I see it. Thanks for making it clear!Sans serif fonts for Chinese are a rather recent invention and are most optimized for rendering on a screen which has a low DPI than printed media.
Handwriting scripts tend to avoid any absolute horizontal lines because they do not flow well in rapid writing. You can see the animation of the stroke order of 方 in Wiki
YangMuye, the origin of 九 is not in the seal script but in bone oracles. Sorry for the nitpick. So it's much older and more pictorial. The etymology of 九 is said to be a hand attached to a bent elbow. There are a lot of kanjis with hand radicals among their components. Hands in bone oracles are written like three-fanged pitch folk. The stroke order was:it is more consistent with its seal script origin.