What is versal?

versal meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

A large ornamental capital letter written at the left-hand margin or in the text of a manuscript to indicate the beginning of a paragraph, verse, or other division. Using square capitals, rustic capitals, or uncials as models, medieval scribes exaggerated the round or vertical strokes or serifs for decorative effect. Early examples were sometimes outlined in small dots. Versals were usually written in ink of a different color than thetext (commonly in red and/or blue). The larger size meant that a versal occupied more than one line, its top usually aligned with the minuscules of the word to which it belonged. Click here to see several examples on a page from a 16th-century German missal (Cary Collection, Rochester Institute). Compare with initial letter.


reference: ABC-CLIO