Adding random static images to your web-site

There are times when one wishes to add just a “simple” static photo to improve feel and presentation of our/client’s site or photo blog. The idea usually goes like this:

  • I have a series of images that I want to display on my website.
  • I do not need a slideshow.
  • I just want to display one image (on the page load) and I want to grab it at random.
  • My site is either based on WordPress theme or it is just a plain xhtml site.

To accomplish this task, three web components are needed: html, css, and some sort of JavaScript. For the latter, I picked jQuery library which is well suited for this task. In addition, other standard web technologies will be used, such as JSON and Ajax.


For the following part, we will need to be comfortable with a simple editing of html code, preparing JSON list of our photos, including jQuery/Ajax script, and with a little bit of css styling.

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mpatek August 4, 2012 Filed in: → Code, Software No Responses

Browsers & Color Management II – the Code

This post follows on the Browsers & Color Management I – Sending Color Patches in through the Web Browser with more details on the code used to drive images through the browser window. As one might have expected, three components were needed: html, css, and some sort of JavaScript. For the latter, I picked jQuery library (jquery-1.7.min.js) which is well suited for this task.

About the code:

jQuery code used in this project is essentially a slideshow script that works on the client side. That explains why we do not need any active connection to the Internet. It will run in our browser providing that JavaScript is enabled. Since it turns images into a slideshow, it can be used for many other purposes, e.g., to display photos on our personal web site. jQuery is free, open source software, dual-licensed under the MIT License or the GNU General Public License, Version 2 and it is included in the “js” folder inside the zip file.

If you have not done so before, download it here: v 1.01 | Complete set of files. Fixed a minor error in the index increment and displaying full set of images. – [downloaded 1222 times]

The code below is just a sample of the whole script with associated files, shown only to outline the structure and logic of the script.

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mpatek December 23, 2011 Filed in: → Code, Color management, Software 3 Responses

Browsers & Color Management I – Sending Color Patches through the Web Browser

While writing my previous posts on color management and web browsers [1, 2], I realized that instead of guessing as to whether a browser understands how to manage colors, a few measurements of color patches would go a long way. Questions, such as, what will happen with untagged images in Chrome 11 or is it safe to use sRGB profile for photos displayed on a wide-gamut monitor would then be easier to answer. By all means, these questions are not trivial and would deserve an in-depth study of the browser documentation and perhaps many hours spent on Google. Unfortunately, with many browsers one would still be unclear on the exact way by which are the (un)tagged images processed.

To address browser color capabilities in the most straightforward way, we would just send images of RGB primaries through the browser and record their colorimetric values. In order to do that, we would need a set of images that are either untagged (no color space information is associated with them) or images that carry color space information in the form of icc/icm profile. After the measurement is done, a quick comparison with known CIE 1931 chromaticity coordinates of RGB primaries of standard color spaces (sRGB, Adobe98 RGB, Pro Photo RGB) would reveal any color processing done by the browser. To measure the radiometric output, we can use the same device that we use to calibrate our display.

To make measurement of colors from within a browser easier, I provide jQuery script that displays different color patches and allows measurement in a semi-manual manner. The script runs in any browser that has JavaScript enabled. Included are gray and RGB ramps in four different variants; untagged and tagged with sRGB, Adobe98 RGB, and ProPhoto RGB icc profiles. After measuring these patches directly from the browser, we can both judge its color management capabilities and also obtain display characteristics, such as, display gamma, color temperature and gamma values for each RGB channel. On that later (link).

The Upshot of the Script:

  • Inter-browser compatibility (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, …)
  • No installation (all necessary files are included)
  • No need to be connected to the Internet
  • Simple navigation (NEXT, PREVIOUS, RESET)
  • Customizable (supply your own images)
  • Free

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mpatek November 27, 2011 Filed in: → Code, Color management, Software No Responses

Full color management in Firefox – settings

Every day, hundreds of thousands of photos are uploaded to the web. There are many web surfers, photography amateurs, pros and photo agencies browsing for the best pictures. Nothings gets more frustrating then seeing an image that took several hours of editing and rigorous color management discipline, only to realize that colors got shifted and that the whole visual experience is compromised. Main culprit is often wrong setup of the web browser or use of browser that cannot be setup to effectively manage colors (IE, Opera).

In general, the first part of troubleshooting color shifts is checking that our monitor is calibrated and profiled.

This post will guide you through the powerful options in Firefox that enable color management of images that are tagged with icc profile. If the image is not tagged with icc profile, its color interpretation will default to the computer system color space, which in most cases is close to sRGBinfo and and then converted to the monitor RGB. If the image is tagged with icc profile and if there is no monitor profile available, monitor RGB values are assumed and the monitor default profile is used for conversion. For calibrated and profiled or any decent monitor, results for tagged and untagged (but edited on standard sRGB gamut monitor) images will be just fine. However, troubles will most probably arise on a wide-gamut monitor.

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mpatek November 2, 2011 Filed in: → Code No Responses

Detect iPad and iPhone in web browsers

In this short post, I will share a web page redirection code for users of iPad, iPhone or ipod who have no access to Adobe Flash media.

In the first week of November 2011, Adobe announced that it will cease developing its Flash Player plug-in for mobile browsers. The next most affected devices(besides the iPad, iPod, iPhone) are those based on Android OS.

Below is simple javascript that needs to be inserted into the top section of your web page (between the and tags) to re-direct those users to an alternative page.

<!--ipad redirect-->
<script language=javascript>
if ((navigator.userAgent.indexOf('iPhone') != -1) || (navigator.userAgent.indexOf('iPod') != -1)
|| (navigator.userAgent.indexOf('iPad') != -1)) {
document.location = "";

In this example, /directory/ is optional (in case that your site or iPad friedly version of your site resides in another directory) and index1.html is an alternative index.html that does not contain any Flash code. Index1.html is essentially a copy of the index.html where the Flash part is replaced with JQuery or html5 code to display the original slides or movie. It is where the visitor will be re-directed to.

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mpatek October 9, 2011 Filed in: → Code No Responses