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
1108757289Måns Grebäck2019-02-17Sweden
223163269Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-02-17Denmark
34553578Johan Waldenström2019-02-17Sweden
43412218Mr.fisk Fonts - Mike Larsson2019-02-17Sweden
53396150Carl Krull2019-02-17Denmark
63232632Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-02-17Norway
72734546Johan Aakerlund2019-02-17Denmark
82731634Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-02-17Denmark
92438931CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-02-17Norway
101772736HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-02-17Sweden
111272146Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-02-17Norway
121088543Christian Munk2019-02-17Denmark
13714952Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-02-17Sweden
14657015Adam Ericsson2019-02-17Sweden
16554594Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-02-17Denmark
17494595Viktor Hammarberg2019-02-17Sweden
18457768Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-02-17Norway
19407581Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-02-17Norway
20360003Thor Christopher Arisland2019-02-17Norway
21352913Staffan Vilcans2019-02-17Sweden
22330833Martin Holm2019-02-17Norway
23316653Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-02-17Denmark
24235144Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-02-17Norway
25207458David Engelby2019-02-17Denmark
26206540Anton - Anton Lundström2019-02-17Sweden
27199008dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-02-17Sweden
28177792211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-02-17Norway
29137440Martin Sørensen2019-02-17Denmark
30102253Andreas Larsen2019-02-17Denmark
3198885Nils Kähler2019-02-17Denmark
3296701Bolahool Graphics2019-02-17Sweden
3490096Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-02-17Denmark
3585090Anton Bohlin2019-02-17Sweden
3682736Pär Lundkvist2019-02-17Sweden
3775731Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-02-17Norway
3963698huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-02-17Norway
4060619Kyrre Honohan2019-02-17Norway
4155207Pia Hed Aspell2019-02-17Sweden
4253709Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-02-17Denmark
4351822Linn Mustanoja2019-02-17Sweden
4449889Lars Håhus2019-02-17Sweden
4544398ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-02-17Sweden
4641739Atle Mo2019-02-17Norway
4736399Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-02-17Norway
4933078benjamin rauber2019-02-17Sweden
5032731Arman Ay2019-02-17Sweden
5127169Mark Lund2019-02-17Norway
5226486Botond Bokor2019-02-17Sweden
5326221Dan Thorup2019-02-17Denmark
5426026Andrew Nordquist2019-02-17Sweden
5624847Carl Enlund2019-02-17Sweden
5724759Aske Ching2019-02-17Denmark
5823471Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-02-17Sweden
6020935Erik Holm2019-02-17Norway
6120761Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-02-17Denmark
6220706Henrik Johansson2019-02-17Sweden
6320500David Lindecrantz2019-02-17Sweden
6419909Kristian Dalen2019-02-17Norway
6517187Mandy Pandy2019-02-17Sweden
6614901Christian Koch2019-02-17Denmark
6713348Alexander Rossebø2019-02-17Norway
6812676Johan Brodd2019-02-17Sweden
6911438Viktor Örneland2019-02-17Sweden
709777Mathias Alvebring2019-02-17Sweden
737623Mathias Rue2019-02-17Denmark
747068Manuela Hardy2019-02-17Norway
756842Gröt Havregrynsson2019-02-17Sweden
776704Sara Lindberg2019-02-17Sweden
786385Mattis Folkestad2019-02-17Norway
796228Benjamin Blåholtz2019-02-17Sweden
805771Oliver Waldemar2019-02-17Sweden
815077Simon Jakobsson2019-02-17Sweden
824324KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-02-17Sweden

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.