The ability to control the appearance of any words placed on the shield as charges is a useful feature, however we should really avoid modern terminology and use appropriate heraldic wording. I make no apologies for the user having to learn these new terms, but the language is in keeping with existing blazonry! (There is a handy conversion table at the end of this page).
Here is an example of a charge containing some arbitrary text:
the words "Fidus et Audax" gules
Note that it is followed by a tincture, just like any other charge, and it may be described as proper, in which case it will tinctured sable. It is important to enclose the words in quotation marks to group them as a single item. You can also include any punctuation characters required - if you want to include quotation marks in the text itself precede it with a backslash. I am sorry, but at present accented characters are replaced by their non-accented equivalents but I am working to correct this.
There is no in-built limit to the length of the text, it will simply be displayed at progressively smaller sizes.
Text charges are treated just like any other charge and may be positioned and arranged like any other charge.
Arrangement of Words within the Charge
By default, DrawShield will try to break the words into lines such that the final result is more or less square. (In most cases, square charges make the best use of the available space). You can change this by using one of the following modifiers after the text:
disposed in fess - words are arranged in a single horizontal line
disposed in pale - words are stacked vertically
disposed in a block - the default
enarched - words are placed along an upward curve
embowed - words are placed along a downward curve
wavy - words run along an upward then a downward curve
encircled - words are arranged in a complete circle, starting from the "9 o'clock" position
Arranged is a synonym for disposed. You can also use disposed in a circle instead of encircled.
Alignment of Words
By default words are placed in the middle of each arrangement. This can be changed by using any of the following modifiers after the text:
laying to the dexter - butting up to the left hand side
laying to the sinister - butting up to the right hand side
laying to the middle - same as the default
Appearance of Words
You may alter the appearance of the words by using any combination of the following modifiers after the text:
(en)faced of X - this changes the font. "X" may be one of serif, "sans serif", cursive, fantasy, monospace, times, baskerville, verdana, symbol
enlarged - like bold
aslant(ed) - like italic
Note the quotation marks around "sans serif", these are required. You may also use underlined but this is discouraged until I can think of an appropriate heraldic equivalent...
The various modifiers above may be used in any combination or order, but must all come after the text.
The display of fonts, character sets, character sizes and so on is all handled by your browser so precise results may vary between browsers and devices. I am aware that the selection of fonts is a bit limited and some of them seem to have no effect - there is a mechanism to use native fonts from within SVG but I haven't learned how to use this yet. If you find display problems, for example your words don't fit into the circle, try adding a few spaces - they will not appear in the final circle but will have the effect of making your text appear longer to the program.
laying to the dexter
laying to the sinister
laying to the middle
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