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
1104613850Måns Grebäck2018-07-23Sweden
222407877Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2018-07-23Denmark
34473473Johan Waldenström2018-07-23Sweden
43379995Mr.fisk Fonts - Mike Larsson2018-07-23Sweden
53211573Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2018-07-23Norway
63208263Carl Krull2018-07-23Denmark
72692275Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2018-07-23Denmark
82529064Johan Aakerlund2018-07-23Denmark
92374611CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2018-07-23Norway
111249567Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2018-07-23Norway
121041000Christian Munk2018-07-23Denmark
13711006Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2018-07-23Sweden
14548480Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2018-07-23Denmark
15536816Adam Ericsson2018-07-23Sweden
17475741Viktor Hammarberg2018-07-23Sweden
18431423Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2018-07-23Norway
19404952Espen Morten Kvalheim2018-07-23Norway
20348722Staffan Vilcans2018-07-23Sweden
21318951Martin Holm2018-07-23Norway
22313645Thor Christopher Arisland2018-07-23Norway
23313111Jonas Borneland Hansen2018-07-23Denmark
24232672Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2018-07-23Norway
25204427Anton - Anton Lundström2018-07-23Sweden
26203955David Engelby2018-07-23Denmark
27197298dawnland - Daniel Viberg2018-07-23Sweden
28174055211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2018-07-23Norway
29131973Martin Sørensen2018-07-23Denmark
3190358Andreas Larsen2018-07-23Denmark
3289390Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2018-07-23Denmark
3388788Nils Kähler2018-07-23Denmark
3482423Pär Lundkvist2018-07-23Sweden
3580821Anton Bohlin2018-07-23Sweden
3675438Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2018-07-23Norway
3862422huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2018-07-23Norway
3960340Kyrre Honohan2018-07-23Norway
4054725Pia Hed Aspell2018-07-23Sweden
4152857Nadia Rosenfeldt2018-07-23Denmark
4251198Linn Mustanoja2018-07-23Sweden
4348647Lars Håhus2018-07-23Sweden
4443526ronjam - Ronja Melcker2018-07-23Sweden
4540676Atle Mo2018-07-23Norway
4635868Erik Jeddere-Fisher2018-07-23Norway
4832004benjamin rauber2018-07-23Sweden
4930633Arman Ay2018-07-23Sweden
5026853Mark Lund2018-07-23Norway
5125771Andrew Nordquist2018-07-23Sweden
5325755Botond Bokor2018-07-23Sweden
5425638Dan Thorup2018-07-23Denmark
5524395Aske Ching2018-07-23Denmark
5720562Bull - Sandra Madsen2018-07-23Denmark
5820360Carl Enlund2018-07-23Sweden
5920183Henrik Johansson2018-07-23Sweden
6020174David Lindecrantz2018-07-23Sweden
6119903Erik Holm2018-07-23Norway
6219761Kristian Dalen2018-07-23Norway
6316945Mandy Pandy2018-07-23Sweden
6414831Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2018-07-23Sweden
6514492Christian Koch2018-07-23Denmark
6612882Alexander Rossebø2018-07-23Norway
6712513Johan Brodd2018-07-23Sweden
6811111Viktor Örneland2018-07-23Sweden
699483Mathias Alvebring2018-07-23Sweden
727509Mathias Rue2018-07-23Denmark
736839Manuela Hardy2018-07-23Norway
756487Sara Lindberg2018-07-23Sweden
766442Gröt Havregrynsson2018-07-23Sweden
776262Mattis Folkestad2018-07-23Norway
785422Oliver Waldemar2018-07-23Sweden
794887Simon Jakobsson2018-07-23Sweden
804199KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2018-07-23Sweden

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.