Aodhan Ite an Fhithich aodhan at dobharchu.org
Mon Oct 21 22:54:10 PDT 1996

Dia duit!
"I. Marc Carlson"  wrote in a message to All:

 "MC> I suppose the real question ultimately boils down to "do you
 "MC> really want Heraldic Art representative of the Middle Ages, or do
 "MC> you really want the Heralds to simply protect the Society from
 "MC> conflicting devices?"  If what you want is the latter, simply
 "MC> designate committees of three heralds to verify that the blazon
 "MC> somehow describes the device in hand, then run that blazon through
 "MC> a computer program designed to compare it with the armorial for
 "MC> conflicts, maybe weeding out blazons that are too long, that  use
 "MC> colors not in the database, and so forth. 

When do expect to have this program written?

I am aware of only one person who has ever attempted this - as his Master's
Thesis.  It went no further.

Tadhg and I attempted several years ago to produce a grammar for blazon.  It
only addressed our ideal for blazon, not the abominations that too frequently
appear in the SCA Armorial, nor all the period variants, and even so was
incomplete..  It was published in the Proceedings of one of the Known World
Heraldic Symposia to elicit comment from the heraldic community.  No comments
were forthcoming.

Baron Aodhan Ite an Fhithich, ML
Dobharchu Herald

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