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
1109288666Måns Grebäck2019-03-19Sweden
223292223Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-03-19Denmark
34565689Johan Waldenström2019-03-19Sweden
43424469Carl Krull2019-03-19Denmark
53235359Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-03-19Norway
62767963Johan Aakerlund2019-03-19Denmark
72738035Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-03-19Denmark
82448463CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-03-19Norway
91832808HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-03-19Sweden
101275785Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-03-19Norway
111095155Christian Munk2019-03-19Denmark
12715592Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-03-19Sweden
14661551Adam Ericsson2019-03-19Sweden
15555547Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-03-19Denmark
16497030Viktor Hammarberg2019-03-19Sweden
17462026Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-03-19Norway
18407996Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-03-19Norway
19366445Thor Christopher Arisland2019-03-19Norway
20353594Staffan Vilcans2019-03-19Sweden
21333122Martin Holm2019-03-19Norway
22317221Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-03-19Denmark
23235562Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-03-19Norway
24208014David Engelby2019-03-19Denmark
25206786Anton - Anton Lundström2019-03-19Sweden
26199249dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-03-19Sweden
27178311211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-03-19Norway
28138381Martin Sørensen2019-03-19Denmark
29104166Andreas Larsen2019-03-19Denmark
30100782Nils Kähler2019-03-19Denmark
3197136Bolahool Graphics2019-03-19Sweden
3390206Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-03-19Denmark
3485712Anton Bohlin2019-03-19Sweden
3582779Pär Lundkvist2019-03-19Sweden
3675791Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-03-19Norway
3863946huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-03-19Norway
3960669Kyrre Honohan2019-03-19Norway
4055276Pia Hed Aspell2019-03-19Sweden
4153821Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-03-19Denmark
4251912Linn Mustanoja2019-03-19Sweden
4350072Lars Håhus2019-03-19Sweden
4444535ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-03-19Sweden
4541893Atle Mo2019-03-19Norway
4636500Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-03-19Norway
4833261benjamin rauber2019-03-19Sweden
4932992Arman Ay2019-03-19Sweden
5027214Mark Lund2019-03-19Norway
5126587Botond Bokor2019-03-19Sweden
5226314Dan Thorup2019-03-19Denmark
5326071Andrew Nordquist2019-03-19Sweden
5525248Carl Enlund2019-03-19Sweden
5624810Aske Ching2019-03-19Denmark
5724237Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-03-19Sweden
5921091Erik Holm2019-03-19Norway
6020786Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-03-19Denmark
6120781Henrik Johansson2019-03-19Sweden
6220551David Lindecrantz2019-03-19Sweden
6319932Kristian Dalen2019-03-19Norway
6417229Mandy Pandy2019-03-19Sweden
6514957Christian Koch2019-03-19Denmark
6613418Alexander Rossebø2019-03-19Norway
6712702Johan Brodd2019-03-19Sweden
6811503Viktor Örneland2019-03-19Sweden
699822Mathias Alvebring2019-03-19Sweden
727737Benjamin Blåholtz2019-03-19Sweden
737645Mathias Rue2019-03-19Denmark
747102Manuela Hardy2019-03-19Norway
756905Gröt Havregrynsson2019-03-19Sweden
776749Sara Lindberg2019-03-19Sweden
786401Mattis Folkestad2019-03-19Norway
795831Oliver Waldemar2019-03-19Sweden
805108Simon Jakobsson2019-03-19Sweden
814346KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-03-19Sweden

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.