Template:Coat of arms

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UsageEdit

1341 gathering of prince-electors from the constituent states of the Holy Roman Empire. The use of heraldry as a means to identify geographical entities is a centuries-old tradition, preceding flags.

This template facilitates the use of heraldry as a means to simply and orderly illustrate armigers (e.g. countries, regions, cities, persons or organisations) in lists.

Exemplum IEdit

*{{Coat of arms|Germany}}
*{{Coat of arms|Kingdom of France}}
*{{Coat of arms|United States|text=none}}
*{{Coat of arms|Paris|text=''[[Fluctuat nec mergitur]]''}}
*{{Coat of arms|United Kingdom|size=45px}}

Would produce:

Exemplum IIEdit

<div style="position:relative; text-shadow:white 0em 0em 0.4em">
[[file:Slovakia location map no surrounding.svg|500px]]
{{Image label|x=28|y=170|text={{Coat of arms|Bratislava Region|text=<br />[[Bratislava Region|<span style="color:black;">Bratislava</span>]]}}}}
{{Image label|x=75|y=155|text={{Coat of arms|Trnava Region|text=<br />[[Trnava Region|<span style="color:black;">Trnava</span>]]}}}}
{{Image label|x=120|y=190|text={{Coat of arms|Nitra Region|text=[[Nitra Region|<span style="color:black;">Nitra</span>]]}}}}
{{Image label|x=115|y=100|text={{Coat of arms|Trenčín Region|text=<br />[[Trenčín Region|<span style="color:black;">Trenčín</span>]]}}}}
{{Image label|x=190|y=75|text={{Coat of arms|Žilina Region|text=[[Žilina Region|<span style="color:black;">Žilina</span>]]}}}}
{{Image label|x=195|y=135|text={{Coat of arms|Banská Bystrica Region|text=<br />[[Banská Bystrica Region|<span style="color:black;">Banská Bystrica</span>]]}}}}
{{Image label|x=360|y=75|text={{Coat of arms|Prešov Region|text=[[Prešov Region|<span style="color:black;">Prešov</span>]]}}}}
{{Image label|x=340|y=125|text={{Coat of arms|Košice Region|text=[[Košice Region|<span style="color:black;">Košice</span>]]}}}}
</div>

Would produce:

ParametersEdit

Field name Required Description Default value Special value
size no The size of the arms. Include the denomination "px". 20px N/A
link no Where one is directed by clicking on the arms The initial value written {{Coat of arms|X}} N/A
text no The piece of text appearing on the right-hand side of the arms. The initial value written {{Coat of arms|X}} "none" gives no text whatsoever

PrinciplesEdit

Based on conventional heraldic practice, the following premise ensures a meaningful degree of uniformity and distinctiveness of the motifs even at low resolutions (20 pixels is the default width):

I: Escutcheons exclusivelyEdit

All elements of achievement save the indispensable escutcheon are omitted.

E.g. for Belgium, Royal Arms of Belgium.svg is shown instead of more elaborate variants such as Great Coat of Arms of Belgium.svg, State Coat of Arms of Belgium.svg or Arms of Belgium (with crown).svg.

Similarly, for Austria: EU Member States' CoA Series- Austria.svg is shown instead of Coat of arms of Austria.svg.

II: Marshalling disfavouredEdit

When an escutcheon has multiple variants, the one with least marshalling, i.e. the simplest, is employed.

E.g. for Sweden, Shield of arms of Sweden.svg is shown instead of the following quartered variant: Great shield of arms of Sweden.svg.

Similarly, for Liechtenstein: Lesser arms of Liechtenstein.svg is shown instead of Greater arms of Liechtenstein.svg.

See alsoEdit