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
1111726091Måns Grebäck2019-08-22Sweden
223829630Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-08-22Denmark
34631515Johan Waldenström2019-08-22Sweden
43563682Carl Krull2019-08-22Denmark
53248088Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-08-22Norway
62947318Johan Aakerlund2019-08-22Denmark
72765772Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-08-22Denmark
82493554CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-08-22Norway
91989785HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-08-22Sweden
101292424Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-08-22Norway
111123186Christian Munk2019-08-22Denmark
12735187Adam Ericsson2019-08-22Sweden
14718414Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-08-22Sweden
15560123Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-08-22Denmark
16507905Viktor Hammarberg2019-08-22Sweden
17482087Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-08-22Norway
18409878Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-08-22Norway
19390980Thor Christopher Arisland2019-08-22Norway
20356411Staffan Vilcans2019-08-22Sweden
21342911Martin Holm2019-08-22Norway
22319772Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-08-22Denmark
23237275Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-08-22Norway
24210555David Engelby2019-08-22Denmark
25208043Anton - Anton Lundström2019-08-22Sweden
26200435dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-08-22Sweden
27180714211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-08-22Norway
28142448Martin Sørensen2019-08-22Denmark
29116045Andreas Larsen2019-08-22Denmark
30109786Nils Kähler2019-08-22Denmark
3199123Bolahool Graphics2019-08-22Sweden
3390691Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-08-22Denmark
3489126Anton Bohlin2019-08-22Sweden
3582978Pär Lundkvist2019-08-22Sweden
3676055Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-08-22Norway
3865077huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-08-22Norway
3960856Kyrre Honohan2019-08-22Norway
4059160Carl Enlund2019-08-22Sweden
4155592Pia Hed Aspell2019-08-22Sweden
4254389Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-08-22Denmark
4352262Linn Mustanoja2019-08-22Sweden
4450916Lars Håhus2019-08-22Sweden
4545107ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-08-22Sweden
4642630Atle Mo2019-08-22Norway
4736892Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-08-22Norway
4834126Arman Ay2019-08-22Sweden
4933989benjamin rauber2019-08-22Sweden
5128696Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-08-22Sweden
5228204Benjamin Blåholtz2019-08-22Sweden
5327403Mark Lund2019-08-22Norway
5427096Botond Bokor2019-08-22Sweden
5526768Dan Thorup2019-08-22Denmark
5626227Andrew Nordquist2019-08-22Sweden
5825024Aske Ching2019-08-22Denmark
5924732Christian Koch2019-08-22Denmark
6121756Erik Holm2019-08-22Norway
6221143Henrik Johansson2019-08-22Sweden
6320935Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-08-22Denmark
6420784David Lindecrantz2019-08-22Sweden
6520050Kristian Dalen2019-08-22Norway
6617369Mandy Pandy2019-08-22Sweden
6713784Alexander Rossebø2019-08-22Norway
6812807Johan Brodd2019-08-22Sweden
6911749Viktor Örneland2019-08-22Sweden
7010011Mathias Alvebring2019-08-22Sweden
737727Mathias Rue2019-08-22Denmark
747265Manuela Hardy2019-08-22Norway
757172Gröt Havregrynsson2019-08-22Sweden
776900Sara Lindberg2019-08-22Sweden
786486Mattis Folkestad2019-08-22Norway
796149Oliver Waldemar2019-08-22Sweden
805219Simon Jakobsson2019-08-22Sweden
814431KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-08-22Sweden

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.