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
1105765686Måns Grebäck2018-09-18Sweden
222630625Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2018-09-18Denmark
34496891Johan Waldenström2018-09-18Sweden
43388739Mr.fisk Fonts - Mike Larsson2018-09-18Sweden
53258213Carl Krull2018-09-18Denmark
63217566Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2018-09-18Norway
72703213Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2018-09-18Denmark
82580613Johan Aakerlund2018-09-18Denmark
92391976CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2018-09-18Norway
111255526Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2018-09-18Norway
121053853Christian Munk2018-09-18Denmark
13712070Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2018-09-18Sweden
14567326Adam Ericsson2018-09-18Sweden
16550347Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2018-09-18Denmark
17481502Viktor Hammarberg2018-09-18Sweden
18437839Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2018-09-18Norway
19405633Espen Morten Kvalheim2018-09-18Norway
20349838Staffan Vilcans2018-09-18Sweden
21326831Thor Christopher Arisland2018-09-18Norway
22321919Martin Holm2018-09-18Norway
23314068Jonas Borneland Hansen2018-09-18Denmark
24233298Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2018-09-18Norway
25205025Anton - Anton Lundström2018-09-18Sweden
26204867David Engelby2018-09-18Denmark
27197720dawnland - Daniel Viberg2018-09-18Sweden
28175333211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2018-09-18Norway
29133209Martin Sørensen2018-09-18Denmark
3094641Bolahool Graphics2018-09-18Sweden
3293404Andreas Larsen2018-09-18Denmark
3391307Nils Kähler2018-09-18Denmark
3489621Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2018-09-18Denmark
3582492Pär Lundkvist2018-09-18Sweden
3682036Anton Bohlin2018-09-18Sweden
3775518Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2018-09-18Norway
3962774huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2018-09-18Norway
4060402Kyrre Honohan2018-09-18Norway
4154839Pia Hed Aspell2018-09-18Sweden
4253083Nadia Rosenfeldt2018-09-18Denmark
4351350Linn Mustanoja2018-09-18Sweden
4448990Lars Håhus2018-09-18Sweden
4543761ronjam - Ronja Melcker2018-09-18Sweden
4640958Atle Mo2018-09-18Norway
4736026Erik Jeddere-Fisher2018-09-18Norway
4932302benjamin rauber2018-09-18Sweden
5031373Arman Ay2018-09-18Sweden
5126910Mark Lund2018-09-18Norway
5225925Botond Bokor2018-09-18Sweden
5325837Andrew Nordquist2018-09-18Sweden
5425798Dan Thorup2018-09-18Denmark
5624469Aske Ching2018-09-18Denmark
5721706Carl Enlund2018-09-18Sweden
5920613Bull - Sandra Madsen2018-09-18Denmark
6020316Henrik Johansson2018-09-18Sweden
6120248David Lindecrantz2018-09-18Sweden
6220202Erik Holm2018-09-18Norway
6319797Kristian Dalen2018-09-18Norway
6418454Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2018-09-18Sweden
6517011Mandy Pandy2018-09-18Sweden
6614599Christian Koch2018-09-18Denmark
6713017Alexander Rossebø2018-09-18Norway
6812547Johan Brodd2018-09-18Sweden
6911204Viktor Örneland2018-09-18Sweden
709566Mathias Alvebring2018-09-18Sweden
737539Mathias Rue2018-09-18Denmark
746883Manuela Hardy2018-09-18Norway
766565Gröt Havregrynsson2018-09-18Sweden
776543Sara Lindberg2018-09-18Sweden
786292Mattis Folkestad2018-09-18Norway
795520Oliver Waldemar2018-09-18Sweden
804945Simon Jakobsson2018-09-18Sweden
814231KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2018-09-18Sweden

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.