|Of Heraldry, Blazon and library punchcards
||[Friday 20th October 2006 at 5:51 pm]
My degree involves a final year project of some sort. Myself, being the silly fellow I am, I've decided to do an interpreter for Blazon, the language used in Heraldry (not to be confused with Blason, a form of romantic poetry).
This basically involves me writing a program to take a definition in Blazon, work out if it makes sense, and produce a machine-friendly version of it. Some other poor sod is writing the Prusivant-o-matic, which takes a machine-friendly definition in some form and renders it.
Now, not knowing much about heraldry and blazon I of course had to go look it up. And guess what keywords don't return anything helpful in the university catalogue?
Heraldry, and Blazon.
Not to be outdone by a jumped-up database index, I resorted to looking for "herald", and then wandering round the library. Which led to section CR 21, and books so old that they contain the punchcards from a prior indexing system.
And I've now found A Complete Guide to Heraldry (CR 21 Fox), a geniune 650-page tome of a book. *reads*
Hmm, someone seems to have pressed a couple of leaves between pages 20 and 21.