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Karl Wilcox
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CS Lecturer, PHP Developer, Heraldry Nerd
CS Lecturer, PHP Developer, Heraldry Nerd

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New Resource - Web version of Elvin's Heraldic Dictionary

* 6,000* Entries, 46 Plates, 2,500 figures
* Searchable entries or browse alphabetically
* Hand-corrected OCR text
* API available for remote access
* Free to use, no advertisements
* Author seeks coffee, cake, comments and corrections
* https://drawshield.net/reference/elvin/index.html

I am very pleased to announce a new addition to the Drawshield.net reference section - "Elvin's Heraldic Dictionary". This complements the existing Parker's Dictionary as it has more than twice as many entries, albeit with slightly briefer definitions. You can read the web based version at the above address.

In addition, I am also pleased to announce a "Beta" version of a programming API which allows you to build in heraldic dictionary search into your own applications. The Drawshield.net Reference API gives you access to quick definitions for 8,500 terms from Parker's and Elvin's dictionaries. You can search either or both dictionaries using either exact or "fuzzy" match search criteria, with the definition returned in an easy to use JSON format. The API is documented at https://drawshield.net/resources/reference-api.html

I hope these resources are useful. Suggestions for other (out of copyright) works that might be useful are welcome.

Best regards to all,

Karl

Translator Required (Commercial Opportunity)

Hello folks, I am posting on behalf of a client who is looking for someone able to provide consultancy on German Heraldry and the translation of blazons from German into English. This would involve payment in US dollars at a rate to be negotiated. If anyone is interested please send an e-mail to info@coadb.com (and mention my name!).

Full disclosure - I already provide similar services for French Heraldry and can vouch for the honesty of this client, but French to English is the limit of my language ability(!).

Best regards to all,

Karl

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* J.B. Rietstap's Armorial Général - An English Translation* (Work in Progress)

Those of you familiar with drawshield.net may be aware of its shield drawing capabilities, but it also has some heraldry reference resources available. In addition to full, searchable versions of "Parker's Heraldry" and the "Book of Public Arms" I have now added a partially complete bilingual (French/English) version of my own translation of J.B. Rietstap's famous work the "Armorial Général". You will find a parallel text of both languages, including annotations on the English side. So far I have completed all of the Preface, Introduction, Basic Ideas, Observations and letter 'A' from the glossary, including "lightbox" style links to all of the images. I have made this early version available here https://drawshield.net/reference/rietstap/index.html to get your feedback, comments and corrections - these are all welcome but don't be too harsh a critic of my language skills - my only formal qualification is a very poor grade in French from my high school days but I have put in a lot of hard, but very satisfying, work since then to get this far! If anyone would like to help out, either correcting what I have done, or translating some further bits of the glossary please go ahead. In any case, I shall continue with my endeavours and hope that you find this a useful and interesting resource.

Best regards all,

Karl
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More Drawshield Stuff!

Apologies for posting a lot about Drawshield recently but many recent projects have come to fruition and I wanted to share them with you, hence:

- The Quiz Returns! (And this time with scoring!) http://drawshield.net/quiz

- French to English Blazonry translation http://drawshield.net/translate

- More charges added to the graphical shield builder http://drawshield.net/build

- More visible error messages and a "report error" button for shield creation from blazons http://drawshield.net/create

- Stuck for inspiration? View a random page from the Heraldry reference section http://drawshield.net/reference/random.php

I have more ideas and reference works in preparation but have to concentrate on the day job for a while.

Hope this is useful to you,

All the best,

Karl

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Heraldry Colouring Book - Free Download

Hello Folks,

If I could beg your indulgence and seek your comments yet again on a recent project! I have put together a "Heraldry Colouring Book", aimed at children that I'm making freely available as a PDF download for printing. I would very much like your feedback on it. I very much enjoyed putting it together and I'm thinking of making a second more "educational" version for kids that will include more information about the names of shapes and charges and so on, and maybe one for adults with a lot more detail. I'd also be grateful if someone could confirm that the version that is "US letter" is indeed that size and prints out OK on that size paper(!)

The book is released under a Creative Commons Licence so please feel free to download and pass on as you see fit.

As always, thanks for your time, and comments greatly appreciated

Best regards,

Karl

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Hello Folks, if you have a moment I would appreciate your feedback on a new poster that I have created to help raise funds for further Drawshield.net development. It is available on Zazzle, just search for Drawshield, or see the link below. I really enjoyed putting this together and might make it the first of a series (Guide to Charges... Guide to Marshalling... etc???). Anyway, all comments welcome! Thank you for you time,
Karl

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The Book of Public Arms

Hello folks. I have been working on a new version of the drawshield.net website with the aim to add much more heraldry reference material. As a first step I have created a web version of The Book of Public Arms by A.C.Fox-Davies. This includes 2,500+ entries of municipal, royal and corporate arms; each on its own page, with all of the 1,300+ illustrations on the appropriate page, cross-references turned into proper links and including a full alphabetical index of all the entries. (A search mechanism will be added soon). You can find the book here: http://drawshield.net/reference/public-arms/index.html

The pages were created using the scanned versions of the original physical books available from the internet archive, using a number of custom written utilities and a lot of image cutting and pasting(!).

This will hopefully be the first of a number of out-of-copyright works that I would like to add. Comments, corrections and suggestions for any books to tackle next are welcome.

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