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
1111132548Måns Grebäck2019-07-15Sweden
223695149Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-07-15Denmark
34611510Johan Waldenström2019-07-15Sweden
43530858Carl Krull2019-07-15Denmark
53245296Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-07-15Norway
62906460Johan Aakerlund2019-07-15Denmark
72759667Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-07-15Denmark
82482813CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-07-15Norway
91953793HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-07-15Sweden
101288792Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-07-15Norway
111116136Christian Munk2019-07-15Denmark
12719329Adam Ericsson2019-07-15Sweden
13717737Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-07-15Sweden
15558915Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-07-15Denmark
16505245Viktor Hammarberg2019-07-15Sweden
17477164Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-07-15Norway
18409407Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-07-15Norway
19386267Thor Christopher Arisland2019-07-15Norway
20355686Staffan Vilcans2019-07-15Sweden
21340797Martin Holm2019-07-15Norway
22319267Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-07-15Denmark
23236846Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-07-15Norway
24210006David Engelby2019-07-15Denmark
25207787Anton - Anton Lundström2019-07-15Sweden
26200169dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-07-15Sweden
27180103211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-07-15Norway
28141456Martin Sørensen2019-07-15Denmark
29113175Andreas Larsen2019-07-15Denmark
30108088Nils Kähler2019-07-15Denmark
3198641Bolahool Graphics2019-07-15Sweden
3390548Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-07-15Denmark
3488394Anton Bohlin2019-07-15Sweden
3582940Pär Lundkvist2019-07-15Sweden
3676000Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-07-15Norway
3864848huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-07-15Norway
3960812Kyrre Honohan2019-07-15Norway
4055503Pia Hed Aspell2019-07-15Sweden
4154252Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-07-15Denmark
4252192Linn Mustanoja2019-07-15Sweden
4350718Lars Håhus2019-07-15Sweden
4448213Carl Enlund2019-07-15Sweden
4544971ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-07-15Sweden
4642473Atle Mo2019-07-15Norway
4736824Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-07-15Norway
4833853Arman Ay2019-07-15Sweden
4933800benjamin rauber2019-07-15Sweden
5127996Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-07-15Sweden
5227360Mark Lund2019-07-15Norway
5326967Botond Bokor2019-07-15Sweden
5426670Dan Thorup2019-07-15Denmark
5526201Andrew Nordquist2019-07-15Sweden
5724975Aske Ching2019-07-15Denmark
5824737Benjamin Blåholtz2019-07-15Sweden
6021579Erik Holm2019-07-15Norway
6121077Henrik Johansson2019-07-15Sweden
6220900Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-07-15Denmark
6320720David Lindecrantz2019-07-15Sweden
6420014Kristian Dalen2019-07-15Norway
6517606Christian Koch2019-07-15Denmark
6617326Mandy Pandy2019-07-15Sweden
6713643Alexander Rossebø2019-07-15Norway
6812772Johan Brodd2019-07-15Sweden
6911701Viktor Örneland2019-07-15Sweden
709963Mathias Alvebring2019-07-15Sweden
737699Mathias Rue2019-07-15Denmark
747222Manuela Hardy2019-07-15Norway
757115Gröt Havregrynsson2019-07-15Sweden
776857Sara Lindberg2019-07-15Sweden
786471Mattis Folkestad2019-07-15Norway
796073Oliver Waldemar2019-07-15Sweden
805184Simon Jakobsson2019-07-15Sweden
814411KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-07-15Sweden

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.