Some people like to spend their long airplane time watching movies or playing phone games. That’s fine. Me, I usually sleep, but on my cross country flight yesterday I wanted to try building a little HTML/jQuery tool.

Because it’s something I can use this week.

Because I can (running in my laptop’s localhost).

Well almost. I lacked the internet to look up more of the code I got wrong. But I got about 80% there.

Presenting… Bigify. The thing it does?

There is a small form field at the bottom; whatever is typed or pasted there is “bigified” on the main display.

Stunning, eh?

I have a few days this week of hand on web workshops; I won’t be doing slides, mostly web demos. There is this part when I want to have everyone go to the same site, I will make shirt URLs, but still, it seems useful to display them as Big On Screen as Possible.

There are a number of jQuery code bits to dynamically resize text to a window size, I decided to try FitText, that is what I downloaded before my trip. I also made sure I had a local copy of jQuery as served by Google just so I could play while not connected.

There’s a lot of room for improvement; I wanted to make the form field disappear when not being edited, but the show/hide jQuery worked to hide, but never to show (same with CSS hover tricks, maybe it’s the absolute positioning??). Maybe it could use query parameters to save pre-configured strings as URLs. Maybe some options for different display colors (light text a black background for contrast??).

Got ideas? Fork this thing!

Who knows? I have a flight home Wednesday, maybe I will do an update.

Update

Thank for John Johnston or forking and putting into play better interface- a form field element that replaces the display text, so it feels like editing it right in place.

SOme more tweaks coming output, but this now uses a better fonf on mobile devices (I hope).


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Comments

  1. This is really cool, such genius in its simplicity. The only problem is the default font (Anton), a zero and capital O look identical.

    If school wasn’t starting this week, I’d dive into it!

    1. Thanks Ryan, that’s a really good thing to fix. I’ll look for a different font, I was trying too quickly to find one.

      Actually there’s not too many thick fonts I looked at that had significant differences between zero and capital “O”. But I cannot think of too many URLs I would share that have capital letters in them.

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