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Jul. 4th, 2010 | 02:53 pm
mood: amusedamused

I think I should start issuing Royal Warrants of Appointment. c.c

I'd need a coat-of-arms first, though. Which probably means I need to learn how to write blazons, too (although I've still got this idea in the back of my head that it'd be neat to write a program that asks the user a progressive series of questions about a coat-of-arms and uses the provided answers to build up the blazon).

But yeah, it'd be neat. I could have official letters printed and send them to tradesmen, too — "By Appointment to Her Imperial Majesty"... ^^ Perhaps even placques that could be affixed to the entrances of stores and department stores, or otherwise prominently displayed. :)

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from: timberwoof
date: Jul. 5th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)

I studied medieval heraldry about thirty years ago... As the rules for what constitutes a "heraldic" device and the syntax for a blazon are fairly strict, you should be able to write a BNF description of blazon and thus define the whole of heraldic space.

For instance, the US flag is blazoned, "fessy thirteen of gules and argent, in the dexter chief azure, fifty mullets argent 6,5,6,5,6,5,6,5,6."

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from: schnee
date: Jul. 5th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)

Cool! :)

Yeah, a proper grammar would also be nice, although the fact that you CAN include pretty much arbitrary text to describe things that there exists no heraldic terms for might make it difficult (or perhaps context-sensitive, or worse).

But it would be interesting. ^^

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