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
1106926769Måns Grebäck2018-11-18Sweden
222816293Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2018-11-18Denmark
34520421Johan Waldenström2018-11-18Sweden
43399398Mr.fisk Fonts - Mike Larsson2018-11-18Sweden
53315539Carl Krull2018-11-18Denmark
63224287Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2018-11-18Norway
72714782Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2018-11-18Denmark
82641361Johan Aakerlund2018-11-18Denmark
92410889CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2018-11-18Norway
101681481HENRIavecunK - Henrik2018-11-18Sweden
111262275Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2018-11-18Norway
121068222Christian Munk2018-11-18Denmark
13713277Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2018-11-18Sweden
15603482Adam Ericsson2018-11-18Sweden
16552142Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2018-11-18Denmark
17487379Viktor Hammarberg2018-11-18Sweden
18445923Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2018-11-18Norway
19406513Espen Morten Kvalheim2018-11-18Norway
20351202Staffan Vilcans2018-11-18Sweden
21340240Thor Christopher Arisland2018-11-18Norway
22325910Martin Holm2018-11-18Norway
23315116Jonas Borneland Hansen2018-11-18Denmark
24234055Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2018-11-18Norway
25206002David Engelby2018-11-18Denmark
26205708Anton - Anton Lundström2018-11-18Sweden
27198318dawnland - Daniel Viberg2018-11-18Sweden
28176381211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2018-11-18Norway
29134976Martin Sørensen2018-11-18Denmark
3097113Andreas Larsen2018-11-18Denmark
3195575Bolahool Graphics2018-11-18Sweden
3294603Nils Kähler2018-11-18Denmark
3489821Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2018-11-18Denmark
3583363Anton Bohlin2018-11-18Sweden
3682602Pär Lundkvist2018-11-18Sweden
3775615Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2018-11-18Norway
3963195huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2018-11-18Norway
4060505Kyrre Honohan2018-11-18Norway
4155015Pia Hed Aspell2018-11-18Sweden
4253352Nadia Rosenfeldt2018-11-18Denmark
4351519Linn Mustanoja2018-11-18Sweden
4449372Lars Håhus2018-11-18Sweden
4544034ronjam - Ronja Melcker2018-11-18Sweden
4641303Atle Mo2018-11-18Norway
4736178Erik Jeddere-Fisher2018-11-18Norway
4932635benjamin rauber2018-11-18Sweden
5031986Arman Ay2018-11-18Sweden
5127026Mark Lund2018-11-18Norway
5226190Botond Bokor2018-11-18Sweden
5325979Dan Thorup2018-11-18Denmark
5425919Andrew Nordquist2018-11-18Sweden
5624588Aske Ching2018-11-18Denmark
5723063Carl Enlund2018-11-18Sweden
5920835Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2018-11-18Sweden
6020681Bull - Sandra Madsen2018-11-18Denmark
6120527Erik Holm2018-11-18Norway
6220472Henrik Johansson2018-11-18Sweden
6320346David Lindecrantz2018-11-18Sweden
6419856Kristian Dalen2018-11-18Norway
6517107Mandy Pandy2018-11-18Sweden
6614714Christian Koch2018-11-18Denmark
6713156Alexander Rossebø2018-11-18Norway
6812613Johan Brodd2018-11-18Sweden
6911311Viktor Örneland2018-11-18Sweden
709665Mathias Alvebring2018-11-18Sweden
737582Mathias Rue2018-11-18Denmark
746972Manuela Hardy2018-11-18Norway
756686Gröt Havregrynsson2018-11-18Sweden
776623Sara Lindberg2018-11-18Sweden
786334Mattis Folkestad2018-11-18Norway
795629Oliver Waldemar2018-11-18Sweden
805008Simon Jakobsson2018-11-18Sweden
814284KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2018-11-18Sweden

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.