It is pretty well known that you should limit the number of images that your web page requests for performance reasons. Some of these, including the eyecon.ro picker, which is the first that shows up when searching ‘jQuery colorpicker’, require a ton of images (27, in fact). This is overkill. Why can’t it be skinned with HTML/CSS?
I found myself having to dig through the source code of various colorpickers in order to get them to act how I wanted. Maybe my experience on this is unique, but once I wanted to actually script behavior to go along with the picker (think – a template editor for an online portfolio), it became painful quickly.
It needs to support all major browsers (even IE). Ideally it could also support mobile devices.
Anything Like This?
I did find the nifty FlexiColorPicker, which accomplishes the no images goal with SVG and VML. It seems very nice, but didn’t have some of the features I wanted (dragging around the hue slider and picker didn’t actually work). I’m glad I found it, as I did use some of the gradients as a starting point with my CSS gradients.
It works in all major browsers (tested in Safari, Chrome, Firefox, IE 7+, iOS, Opera). It uses IE’s propriety gradient filter (with some hacks for the hue slider – see .spectrum-ie-1 through 8 in spectrum.css. It should even work in iPhone and iPad – let me know if you have one and can double check that for me over on the demo page :). It is still in early stages, but I would love if I could get some feedback on the UI and desired functionality.
Head over to the current project page to try out the demo and see the docs.
It currently requires jQuery, but I have been trying to write the code to make it possible to remove that dependancy.