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
1112660206Måns Grebäck2019-10-21Sweden
224055052Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-10-21Denmark
34667843Johan Waldenström2019-10-21Sweden
43618754Carl Krull2019-10-21Denmark
53252671Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-10-21Norway
63020058Johan Aakerlund2019-10-21Denmark
72777598Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-10-21Denmark
82511798CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-10-21Norway
92047529HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-10-21Sweden
101299563Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-10-21Norway
111134311Christian Munk2019-10-21Denmark
12762372Adam Ericsson2019-10-21Sweden
14719404Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-10-21Sweden
15561822Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-10-21Denmark
16512326Viktor Hammarberg2019-10-21Sweden
17489830Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-10-21Norway
18410557Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-10-21Norway
19398526Thor Christopher Arisland2019-10-21Norway
20357714Staffan Vilcans2019-10-21Sweden
21346414Martin Holm2019-10-21Norway
22320489Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-10-21Denmark
23289139Lene Arensdorff2019-10-21Denmark
24238005Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-10-21Norway
25211508David Engelby2019-10-21Denmark
26208570Anton - Anton Lundström2019-10-21Sweden
27200865dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-10-21Sweden
28181704211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-10-21Norway
29144024Martin Sørensen2019-10-21Denmark
30121171Andreas Larsen2019-10-21Denmark
31113534Nils Kähler2019-10-21Denmark
32100039Bolahool Graphics2019-10-21Sweden
3490861Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-10-21Denmark
3590401Anton Bohlin2019-10-21Sweden
3683071Pär Lundkvist2019-10-21Sweden
3776141Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-10-21Norway
3969298Carl Enlund2019-10-21Sweden
4065438huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-10-21Norway
4160966Kyrre Honohan2019-10-21Norway
4255711Pia Hed Aspell2019-10-21Sweden
4354601Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-10-21Denmark
4452379Linn Mustanoja2019-10-21Sweden
4551259Lars Håhus2019-10-21Sweden
4645341ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-10-21Sweden
4742891Atle Mo2019-10-21Norway
4837040Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-10-21Norway
4934602Arman Ay2019-10-21Sweden
5034285benjamin rauber2019-10-21Sweden
5232368Benjamin Blåholtz2019-10-21Sweden
5329761Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-10-21Sweden
5427623Christian Koch2019-10-21Denmark
5527474Mark Lund2019-10-21Norway
5627295Botond Bokor2019-10-21Sweden
5726928Dan Thorup2019-10-21Denmark
5826300Andrew Nordquist2019-10-21Sweden
6025101Aske Ching2019-10-21Denmark
6122046Erik Holm2019-10-21Norway
6321271Henrik Johansson2019-10-21Sweden
6420989Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-10-21Denmark
6520881David Lindecrantz2019-10-21Sweden
6620093Kristian Dalen2019-10-21Norway
6717430Mandy Pandy2019-10-21Sweden
6814093Alexander Rossebø2019-10-21Norway
6912859Johan Brodd2019-10-21Sweden
7011841Viktor Örneland2019-10-21Sweden
7110097Mathias Alvebring2019-10-21Sweden
747757Mathias Rue2019-10-21Denmark
757318Manuela Hardy2019-10-21Norway
767290Gröt Havregrynsson2019-10-21Sweden
786957Sara Lindberg2019-10-21Sweden
796523Mattis Folkestad2019-10-21Norway
806265Oliver Waldemar2019-10-21Sweden
815277Simon Jakobsson2019-10-21Sweden
824462KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-10-21Sweden

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.