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The Commons WikiProject Heraldry deals with heraldry issues. It was established in January 2009.

The goal of this project is to organise and sort the Category:Heraldry and its subcategories, to create consistency in media naming and categories on commons for heraldry related media, and to have high-quality SVG representations of coat of arms.
The final purpose is to make Commons a worldwide roll of arms.

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Conventions on categories Categorization of coats of arms

If there is a single category for this specific coat of arms already (for example: Category:Coats of arms of Amsterdam), put your file in there.
Otherwise, the coat of arms should be put in specific categories:

By bearer type (Category:Coats of arms by bearer type)

For example, if the holder is a person or a family, see Category:Coats of arms of families by country; if it is a municipality or city, see Category:Coats of arms of municipalities by country. You can also find the specific subcategory within Category:Coats of arms by country.

By heraldic features (Category:Coat of arms elements)

Please check if you put your file in all required subcategories:

Which heraldic features appear on the coat of arms ? Where can the specific subcategory be found ?
  • The arms may present external ornaments

The Illustrated atlas of French and English heraldic terms may help you to find these subcategories.

By representation type (Category:Coats of arms by representation type)

If the representation is a SVG image, please look for the specific subcategory within Category:SVG coats of arms.


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Naming of files Naming of files

The name of your uploaded file should be as descriptive and relevant as possible. Simply queue one word after another, don't use a "-" or similar inbetween. Please note that file names can't be changed after upload!

There is no Commons standard for files naming. According to the one established by the French-speaking Wikipedia Coats of arms Project, some necessary informations should appear, in this order:

  1. Coat of arms or Arms, or another word according to your language (Wappen, Stemma, etc.)
  2. Nature of the holder of arms : city / family / province / etc.
  3. Country of the holder, by its code : en / fr / de / etc. (give the present country)
  4. Name of the holder (for a city, it can be followed by the territorial subdivision it belongs to, in brackets). For example : Mex (Vaud)
Examples (in French)

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Coat of arms elements Coat of arms elements

To make easier the drawing of coat of arms, Commons should be organized as a database of SVG elements that can be quickly found by drawers.

Naming

French-speaking Wikipedia Coats of arms Project has developed this standard :

  1. Heraldry charge
  2. Name of the charge

Description

The template {{COAElementInformation}} was elaborated to help users giving these informations, and to standardize its presentation.
It works like {{Information}}, except that the Information field is replaced by:

|meubleen= : name of the element (in English; works also in French, German, Italian, and Spanish)

Categorization

  • Add the category Category:SVG coat of arms elements (only if it is a SVG image!)
  • Add the appropriate subcategory within Category:Coat of arms elements
    • Be careful! All these categories (Category:Xyz in heraldry - type) contain images of the element "Xyz" alone and images of coats of arms that bear the element "Xyz". To be quickly found, images of elements alone should appear at the top of the first page of the category. To do that, don't sort it in alphabetical order, but with the symbol *, like below: [[Category:Xyz in heraldry|*]].

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Description of coats of arms Description of coats of arms

  • The description of coat of arms cannot be restricted to the name of the holder :
    • in heraldry the blazon of a coat of arms should be given together with its picture (because blazon and picture are two different ways to represent a coat of arms).
    • it is also important to give references, it means the source(s) you refered to. Actually there is often discussion about attribution of coats of arms (especially in countries without heraldic authority, and in the case of historical arms, but not only). Giving references may avoid to spread mistakes.
  • In the case of SVG image, you could have made use of elements from other SVG images available on Commons. In this case, you have to attribute these elements to their author.


The template {{COAInformation}} was elaborated to help users giving these informations, and to standardize its presentation.
It works like {{Information}}, except that the Information field is replaced by:

  • |blasonen= : name of the holder of the coat of arms
  • |blasonnement-en= : blazon
  • |ref-en= : references

You can also add in the Source field the SVG images from which you extracted elements:

  • |figure1= |figure2= |figure3= |figure4= |figure5=


This template also works in languages other than English (en); you only need to replace the language code as follows:

Catalan (ca), Czech (cs), Danish (da), German (de), Esperanto (eo), Spanish (es), Basque (eu), Finnish (fi), French (fr), Galician (gl), Hungarian (hu), Italian (it), Dutch (nl), Polish (pl), Portuguese (pt), Russian (ru), Swedish(sv).

Ask here if you want to add another language.
Examples (see image descriptions)

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Galleries Galleries

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Participants list Participants

  • Zigeuner (fr) (en-2) (de-1)
  • -Strogoff- (fr) (en-2)
  • roux en, will only be participating from time to time
  • Massimop (it), drawing coats of arms (Coa of families of Italy)
  • Aroche (fr) (en-2) (es-2)
  • Jimmy44 (fr) (en-0) for french Empire heraldry
  • TownDown (es) (en-4) (ca-4) for spaniard-mexican heraldry and categorization
  • Lokal_Profil (sv) (en-4) (pt-2) (fr-1)
  • Vigneron (fr) (en-2) (de-2), categorization, sysop/admin (on Commons and fr.wiki)
  • MacedonianBoy (mk) (en-5), categorization, cleaning up categories and files, uploading new images
  • Adelbrecht (nl) (en-3) (fr-2)
  • Darwin (pt) (en-2) (fr-2) (es-2) categorization, Portuguese heraldry, planning to upload a large set of historical depictions of Portuguese coats of arms
  • Sodacan (en) (th) (fr-4) all sorts of stuff, but mostly British
  • Azgar (ru) (en-2) (pl-1), participate here
  • Kiltpin (en) Mainly British
  • tinynanorobots
  • Madboy74 (hu) (en-1) drawing coats of arms (especially for the Hungarian heraldry)
  • fabrizio.rv (>(it) (en-4) (fr-5), mainly for categorization in Coats of arms to be classified
  • De728631 (de) (en-5) (fr-1) categorisation, SVG versions
  • Wikibelgiaan (nl) (en-5) (fr-4) (it-4) (de-3), mainly Belgian municipal heraldry
  • SajoR (es) (en-0), mainly ecclesiastical Heraldry

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