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
1112106892Måns Grebäck2019-09-16Sweden
223917656Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-09-16Denmark
34648094Johan Waldenström2019-09-16Sweden
43586182Carl Krull2019-09-16Denmark
53249937Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-09-16Norway
62976396Johan Aakerlund2019-09-16Denmark
72770423Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-09-16Denmark
82500913CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-09-16Norway
92013444HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-09-16Sweden
101295346Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-09-16Norway
111127818Christian Munk2019-09-16Denmark
12746039Adam Ericsson2019-09-16Sweden
14718768Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-09-16Sweden
15560798Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-09-16Denmark
16509702Viktor Hammarberg2019-09-16Sweden
17485252Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-09-16Norway
18410126Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-09-16Norway
19393885Thor Christopher Arisland2019-09-16Norway
20356864Staffan Vilcans2019-09-16Sweden
21344082Martin Holm2019-09-16Norway
22320016Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-09-16Denmark
23286899Lene Arensdorff2019-09-16Denmark
24237553Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-09-16Norway
25210927David Engelby2019-09-16Denmark
26208268Anton - Anton Lundström2019-09-16Sweden
27200564dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-09-16Sweden
28181083211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-09-16Norway
29143000Martin Sørensen2019-09-16Denmark
30118140Andreas Larsen2019-09-16Denmark
31111164Nils Kähler2019-09-16Denmark
3299473Bolahool Graphics2019-09-16Sweden
3490755Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-09-16Denmark
3589572Anton Bohlin2019-09-16Sweden
3683020Pär Lundkvist2019-09-16Sweden
3776092Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-09-16Norway
3965226huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-09-16Norway
4063277Carl Enlund2019-09-16Sweden
4160900Kyrre Honohan2019-09-16Norway
4255635Pia Hed Aspell2019-09-16Sweden
4354492Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-09-16Denmark
4452309Linn Mustanoja2019-09-16Sweden
4551050Lars Håhus2019-09-16Sweden
4645207ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-09-16Sweden
4742728Atle Mo2019-09-16Norway
4836939Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-09-16Norway
4934389Arman Ay2019-09-16Sweden
5034101benjamin rauber2019-09-16Sweden
5230004Benjamin Blåholtz2019-09-16Sweden
5329080Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-09-16Sweden
5427426Mark Lund2019-09-16Norway
5527165Botond Bokor2019-09-16Sweden
5626835Dan Thorup2019-09-16Denmark
5726263Andrew Nordquist2019-09-16Sweden
5826104Christian Koch2019-09-16Denmark
6025056Aske Ching2019-09-16Denmark
6221890Erik Holm2019-09-16Norway
6321184Henrik Johansson2019-09-16Sweden
6420954Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-09-16Denmark
6520812David Lindecrantz2019-09-16Sweden
6620063Kristian Dalen2019-09-16Norway
6717397Mandy Pandy2019-09-16Sweden
6813910Alexander Rossebø2019-09-16Norway
6912816Johan Brodd2019-09-16Sweden
7011784Viktor Örneland2019-09-16Sweden
7110045Mathias Alvebring2019-09-16Sweden
747732Mathias Rue2019-09-16Denmark
757279Manuela Hardy2019-09-16Norway
767216Gröt Havregrynsson2019-09-16Sweden
786917Sara Lindberg2019-09-16Sweden
796495Mattis Folkestad2019-09-16Norway
806204Oliver Waldemar2019-09-16Sweden
815240Simon Jakobsson2019-09-16Sweden
824436KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-09-16Sweden

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.