Web-Drafter update: Color Picker

My very tiny vector graphics application is improving at a snail pace.

I managed to make a colour picker using jQuery and the HTML range input element.

The code isn’t exactly succinct, but it gets the job done.

Because the program is growing larger, I’m trying to use the OOP facets of JavaScript and put the functions in their respective objects as much as possible, the loose functions in the posfunc.js file creates the dialog:

function color_selector_form(color) {
    frgb = color.get_fill_rgb();
    srgb = color.get_stroke_rgb();

    var red_slider = "<input class='fill_slider' id='red_slider' value="+frgb[0]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='rfval' >"+frgb[0]+"</div><br> ";
    var green_slider = "<input class='fill_slider' id='green_slider' value="+frgb[1]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='gfval' >"+frgb[1]+"</div><br>";
    var blue_slider = "<input class='fill_slider' id='blue_slider' value="+frgb[2]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='bfval' >"+frgb[2]+"</div><br>";
    var fcbox = "<span id=\"fillbox\" style=\"background-color: "+color.fill+"; display: block; height: 50px; width: 50px;\">&nbsp</span>";

    var red_stroke_slider = "<input class='stroke_slider' id='red_stroke_slider' value="+srgb[0]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='rsval' >"+srgb[0]+"</div><br> ";
    var green_stroke_slider = "<input class='stroke_slider' id='green_stroke_slider' value="+srgb[1]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='gsval' >"+srgb[1]+"</div><br>";
    var blue_stroke_slider = "<input class='stroke_slider' id='blue_stroke_slider' value="+srgb[2]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='bsval' >"+srgb[2]+"</div><br>";
    var scbox = "<span id=\"strokebox\" style=\"background-color: "+color.stroke+"; display: block; height: 50px; width: 50px;\">&nbsp</span>";

    var retval = "<table><tr><td>Fill<br><br>";
    retval += "Red: <br>" + red_slider + "Green: <br>" + green_slider + "Blue: <br>" + blue_slider + "<br>" + fcbox;
    retval += "</td><td>&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp</td><td>Stroke<br><br>";
    retval += "Red: <br>" + red_stroke_slider + "Green: <br>" + green_stroke_slider + "Blue: <br>" + blue_stroke_slider + "<br>" + scbox;
    retval += "</td></tr></table>";
    return retval;

While the pos.js has the $(document).ready() functions for the dynamically created elements:

jQuery(document).on("change mousemove", ".fill_slider", function() {
   selected_color.update_fill(jQuery(this).val(), jQuery(this).attr("id"));
   var id = jQuery(this).attr("id");
   //console.log(id + " " +jQuery(this).val());
   if(id.substring(1, 2) == "r") {
       } else  if(id.substring(1, 2) == "g") {
       } else  if(id.substring(1, 2) == "b") {

Which in turn calls the appropriate methods in the MyColor object.

MyColor.prototype.update_fill = function(colorval, id) {
    var hexredval = parseInt(colorval).toString(16);
    if(hexredval.length < 2)
        hexredval = "0" + hexredval;
    var channel = id.substring(0,1);
    if(channel == "r")
        this.fill = (this.fill.substring(0, 1) + hexredval.substring(0, 2) + this.fill.substring(3)).toUpperCase();
    else if(channel == "g")
        this.fill = (this.fill.substring(0, 3) + hexredval.substring(0, 2) + this.fill.substring(5)).toUpperCase();
    else if(channel == "b")
        this.fill = (this.fill.substring(0, 5) + hexredval.substring(0, 2)).toUpperCase();
    jQuery("#" + channel + "fval").html(colorval);
    jQuery("#fillbox").css("background-color", this.fill);

As you can see, the code isn’t really DRY, but I find that making a clumsy solution is a great way to start a project and get anything done whatsoever, and then improve on it (or just keep it until it becomes cluttered).

Fontstats Plugin

Today I finished a little WordPress plugin I’ve been working on.

It’s a two part plugin, one php script collects data from any Norwegian designer on DaFont by visiting each site, and by the power of Regex-Grayskull it inserts it into a database on my website.

The WordPress plugin then selects the last sampled date and displays it in a HTML-table on any post or page where I insert the registered shortcode.

Here’s the result:

No.DownloadsDesignerDate SampledCountry
1114761678Måns Grebäck2020-02-11Sweden
224433313Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2020-02-11Denmark
34747801Johan Waldenström2020-02-11Sweden
43722832Carl Krull2020-02-11Denmark
53260425Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2020-02-11Norway
63148481Johan Aakerlund2020-02-11Denmark
72797975Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2020-02-11Denmark
82545817CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2020-02-11Norway
92155209HENRIavecunK - Henrik2020-02-11Sweden
101311926Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2020-02-11Norway
111155057Christian Munk2020-02-11Denmark
12804167Adam Ericsson2020-02-11Sweden
14721220Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2020-02-11Sweden
15564668Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2020-02-11Denmark
16520173Viktor Hammarberg2020-02-11Sweden
17504161Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2020-02-11Norway
18412396Thor Christopher Arisland2020-02-11Norway
19411754Espen Morten Kvalheim2020-02-11Norway
20359890Staffan Vilcans2020-02-11Sweden
21352286Martin Holm2020-02-11Norway
22322042Jonas Borneland Hansen2020-02-11Denmark
23295833Lene Arensdorff2020-02-11Denmark
24239102Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2020-02-11Norway
25213031David Engelby2020-02-11Denmark
26209374Anton - Anton Lundström2020-02-11Sweden
27201612dawnland - Daniel Viberg2020-02-11Sweden
28183337211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2020-02-11Norway
29146841Martin Sørensen2020-02-11Denmark
30129619Andreas Larsen2020-02-11Denmark
31119764Nils Kähler2020-02-11Denmark
32101433Bolahool Graphics2020-02-11Sweden
3492510Anton Bohlin2020-02-11Sweden
3591226Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2020-02-11Denmark
3683974Carl Enlund2020-02-11Sweden
3783195Pär Lundkvist2020-02-11Sweden
3876299Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2020-02-11Norway
4066052huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2020-02-11Norway
4161125Kyrre Honohan2020-02-11Norway
4255907Pia Hed Aspell2020-02-11Sweden
4354912Nadia Rosenfeldt2020-02-11Denmark
4452618Linn Mustanoja2020-02-11Sweden
4551868Lars Håhus2020-02-11Sweden
4645677ronjam - Ronja Melcker2020-02-11Sweden
4743326Atle Mo2020-02-11Norway
4837263Erik Jeddere-Fisher2020-02-11Norway
4936545Benjamin Blåholtz2020-02-11Sweden
5035312Arman Ay2020-02-11Sweden
5134798benjamin rauber2020-02-11Sweden
5331327Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2020-02-11Sweden
5428722Christian Koch2020-02-11Denmark
5527594Botond Bokor2020-02-11Sweden
5627588Mark Lund2020-02-11Norway
5727188Dan Thorup2020-02-11Denmark
5826406Andrew Nordquist2020-02-11Sweden
6025239Aske Ching2020-02-11Denmark
6122515Erik Holm2020-02-11Norway
6321518Henrik Johansson2020-02-11Sweden
6421080Bull - Sandra Madsen2020-02-11Denmark
6521033David Lindecrantz2020-02-11Sweden
6620143Kristian Dalen2020-02-11Norway
6717505Mandy Pandy2020-02-11Sweden
6814560Alexander Rossebø2020-02-11Norway
6912924Johan Brodd2020-02-11Sweden
7011999Viktor Örneland2020-02-11Sweden
7110201Mathias Alvebring2020-02-11Sweden
747806Mathias Rue2020-02-11Denmark
757467Gröt Havregrynsson2020-02-11Sweden
767421Manuela Hardy2020-02-11Norway
787049Sara Lindberg2020-02-11Sweden
796583Mattis Folkestad2020-02-11Norway
806443Oliver Waldemar2020-02-11Sweden
815359Simon Jakobsson2020-02-11Sweden
824501KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2020-02-11Sweden

Web Drafter

A tiny online vector graphics application.

Click here to try it out.

As a small project to familiarise myself with JavaScript, jQuery and SVG I started working on a small vector graphics app using the SVG.js library.

At first I was thinking of manipulating SVG-text directly as I had done with my desktop Java applications, but since I found that simply appending or updating the inner html of divs didn’t refresh the SVG canvas and other annoying things I found it was smarter to just use a simple JavaScript library for this.

In addition to learning a lot of jQuery and JavaScript, especially understanding the specifics of JavaScripts idiosyncratic approach to OOP, I learned a bit about which existing libraries there are and how to use them. For this small application, SVG.js did nicely, but I also learned about a larger library called Raphaël, and an interesting little script called Flowtype, that automagically resizes the font size in relation to the window size.

I put the source code of my little application on GitHub here.

Up to now I’ve only managed to do the most basic rectilinear polygons, with the foundations set for snapping and I’m planning to create a simple colour-picker functionality for the stroke, fill and opacity.

The hotkeys are:

cmd+z – UNDO (mac)

ctrl+z – UNDO (windows, linux)

D – Delete the last polygon.

S – Show data on the selected polygon.

Polygons are created by closing the path.

This is done by creating a line where the end coordinate is the same as the first coordinate of the polygon.

What week is this?

Today I was a bit impulsive and registered the domain name weeknum.org.

Then I made a little php-application showing the day of the week, with the background color calculated using the week number, month and day to create a hex code.

I might even try out some AJAX and jQuery on this page and see if I can make it a little more stylish and interactive.

If you want to check start and end dates of another week number, just add the suffix /[week number] to the URL.

For example, if you want to find information about week number 42, then go to weeknum.org/42.

Logo, Website, WordPress and Menu Items

Designing logos and setting up websites is starting to get a routine.

Today I was asked by my boss to set up the website www.bellonordic.no, he had a few logo design suggestions and a general idea of the website layout.

It seems one of my earlier designs caught on since his new design suggestion hinted toward having three “mountains” in the background, so all I had to do was slightly alter my design, create a few alternative logos and I was done.


Then I had to set up the WordPress site. So I picked a theme, dug up some stock photos for menu items and used the art-boards to keep a consistent design.

I really wish Serif would release their upcoming desktop publishing tool “Affinity Publisher”, as much as I like Affinity Designer, I’d prefer to use more proper layout tools when doing layout work.