From: James Allan (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Apr 03 2011 - 15:42:12 CDT
On 2011-04-03 07:13, Julian Bradfield wrote:
> I'm sure you won't find them. Hatchings as such are used only where
> somebody wants to depict an achievement in detail in a medium where
> colour is impossible or prohibitively expensive, such as engraving on
> a brass plaque, or books in the pre-modern age.
> Knowledgeable people use "gules", "vert", "argent" (or the equivalent
> in their language) to refer to gules, vert, argent. Heraldic artists
> and officers don't use hatchings at all for communication - if they
> wish to sketch an achievement, they do a line drawing and indicate the
> colours by abbreviations of the names.
> In forty years of reading heraldry, I've never seen "hatching
I have forgotten now where I first seen these hatchings, but they are,
or at least were, in common use. The only book I have on the subject of
heraldry is /Heraldry: Sources, Symbols and Meaning/ by Ottfried
Neubeckerr, published by McGraw-Hill in 1976. The cross-hatching to
indicate tinctures appears on page 86 and other cross-hatchings to
indicate furs on page 87. Admittedly special characters are not used,
rather a shield design is filled with color and another appears next to
it with the corresponding tincture. This book is printed largely in
color and so does not otherwise use the tinctures.
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatching_system for a discussion
of various hatching systems used in heraldry of which the Petra Sancta
system advocated by Everson is the most commonly used.
I realize that you are talking about not having seen characters showing
the hatchings to be used in legends rather than not seeing the hatchings
themselves, but that ought to have been made more clear.
If it indeed is the case that heraldic hatchings as characters have
never been used, then Eversonâs proposal is just another one for
characters that might be useful. It has been stated again and again that
characters will not be encoded by Unicode merely because they âmightâ be
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