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
1113139854Måns Grebäck2019-11-14Sweden
224144777Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-11-14Denmark
34681245Johan Waldenström2019-11-14Sweden
43641804Carl Krull2019-11-14Denmark
53254457Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-11-14Norway
63049758Johan Aakerlund2019-11-14Denmark
72782284Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-11-14Denmark
82519381CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-11-14Norway
92070021HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-11-14Sweden
101302241Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-11-14Norway
111138777Christian Munk2019-11-14Denmark
12771870Adam Ericsson2019-11-14Sweden
14719765Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-11-14Sweden
15562461Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-11-14Denmark
16513980Viktor Hammarberg2019-11-14Sweden
17492987Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-11-14Norway
18410787Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-11-14Norway
19401418Thor Christopher Arisland2019-11-14Norway
20358198Staffan Vilcans2019-11-14Sweden
21347751Martin Holm2019-11-14Norway
22320834Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-11-14Denmark
23290697Lene Arensdorff2019-11-14Denmark
24238240Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-11-14Norway
25211877David Engelby2019-11-14Denmark
26208777Anton - Anton Lundström2019-11-14Sweden
27201019dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-11-14Sweden
28182070211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-11-14Norway
29144634Martin Sørensen2019-11-14Denmark
30123184Andreas Larsen2019-11-14Denmark
31115120Nils Kähler2019-11-14Denmark
32100370Bolahool Graphics2019-11-14Sweden
3490925Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-11-14Denmark
3590824Anton Bohlin2019-11-14Sweden
3683101Pär Lundkvist2019-11-14Sweden
3776169Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-11-14Norway
3971799Carl Enlund2019-11-14Sweden
4065605huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-11-14Norway
4160993Kyrre Honohan2019-11-14Norway
4255751Pia Hed Aspell2019-11-14Sweden
4354680Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-11-14Denmark
4452428Linn Mustanoja2019-11-14Sweden
4551369Lars Håhus2019-11-14Sweden
4645422ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-11-14Sweden
4742983Atle Mo2019-11-14Norway
4837098Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-11-14Norway
4934760Arman Ay2019-11-14Sweden
5034385benjamin rauber2019-11-14Sweden
5233374Benjamin Blåholtz2019-11-14Sweden
5330160Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-11-14Sweden
5427993Christian Koch2019-11-14Denmark
5527496Mark Lund2019-11-14Norway
5627367Botond Bokor2019-11-14Sweden
5726992Dan Thorup2019-11-14Denmark
5826325Andrew Nordquist2019-11-14Sweden
6025139Aske Ching2019-11-14Denmark
6122155Erik Holm2019-11-14Norway
6321321Henrik Johansson2019-11-14Sweden
6421004Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-11-14Denmark
6520917David Lindecrantz2019-11-14Sweden
6620101Kristian Dalen2019-11-14Norway
6717444Mandy Pandy2019-11-14Sweden
6814178Alexander Rossebø2019-11-14Norway
6912881Johan Brodd2019-11-14Sweden
7011873Viktor Örneland2019-11-14Sweden
7110122Mathias Alvebring2019-11-14Sweden
747766Mathias Rue2019-11-14Denmark
757339Manuela Hardy2019-11-14Norway
767333Gröt Havregrynsson2019-11-14Sweden
786974Sara Lindberg2019-11-14Sweden
796539Mattis Folkestad2019-11-14Norway
806305Oliver Waldemar2019-11-14Sweden
815295Simon Jakobsson2019-11-14Sweden
824470KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-11-14Sweden

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.