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font detection through javascript

Posted on 2013-06-23
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here is the code for detecting installed fonts available to a browser though javascript,css method.(no flash)
var Detector =
{
    init: function()
    {
        this.h = document.getElementsByTagName("BODY")[0];
        this.d = document.createElement("DIV");
        this.s = document.createElement("SPAN");
        this.d.appendChild(this.s);
        this.d.style.fontFamily = "sans";
        this.s.style.fontFamily = "sans";
        this.s.style.fontSize = "72px";
        this.s.innerHTML = "mmmmmmmmmmlil";
        this.h.appendChild(this.d);
        this.defaultWidth = this.s.offsetWidth;
        this.defaultHeight = this.s.offsetHeight;
        this.h.removeChild(this.d)
    },
    test: function(a)
    {
        this.h.appendChild(this.d);
        var b = [];
        b.name = this.s.style.fontFamily = a;
        b.width = this.s.offsetWidth;
        b.height = this.s.offsetHeight;
        this.h.removeChild(this.d);
        a = a.toLowerCase();
        if (a == "serif") {
            b.found = true
        } else {
            b.found = (b.width != this.defaultWidth || b.height != this.defaultHeight)
        }
        return b
    },
    getFontList: function()
    {
        this.init();
        var a = ["cursive", "monospace", "serif", "sans-serif", "fantasy", "default", "Arial", "Arial Black", "Arial Narrow", "Arial Rounded MT Bold", "Book Antiqua", "Bookman Old Style", "Bradley Hand ITC", "Bodoni MT", "Calibri", "Century", "Century Gothic", "Casual", "Comic Sans MS", "Consolas", "Copperplate Gothic Bold", "Courier", "Courier New", "English Text MT", "Felix Titling", "Futura", "Garamond", "Geneva", "Georgia", "Gentium", "Haettenschweiler", "Helvetica", "Impact", "Jokerman", "King", "Kootenay", "Latha", "Liberation Serif", "Lucida Console", "Lalit", "Lucida Grande", "Magneto", "Mistral", "Modena", "Monotype Corsiva", "MV Boli", "OCR A Extended", "Onyx", "Palatino Linotype", "Papyrus", "Parchment", "Pericles", "Playbill", "Segoe Print", "Shruti", "Tahoma", "TeX", "Times", "Times New Roman", "Trebuchet MS", "Verdana", "Verona"];
        var c = "";
        for (i = 0; i < a.length; ++i) {
            var b = this.test(a[i]);
            if (b.found) {
                c += b.name + ","
            }
        }
        return c.slice(0, - 1)
    }
};

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Please help me how to document.write() to Display Fonts list.
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by:Julian Hansen
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Where do you want to display it - in what format? List, free form text, dropdown select?
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by:Rob
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That's not code for detecting fonts on a computer.  It compares the fonts width listed in the code against "sans".  Not only would it be incomplete but its not 100% accurate.
What are you trying to achieve by this?
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in browser. Just Text. no need any thing fancy like dropdown.
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@tagit Actually flash solution works fine. But it wont work in mobiles. the code i posted above is modified from http://lalit.org/lab/javascript-css-font-detect
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Note you cannot perform a document.write after the page has loaded and rendered. It will wipe the page completely

http://jsfiddle.net/mplungjan/TwDdt/

<div id="output"></div>

window.onload=function() {
    document.getElementById("output").innerHTML=Detector.getFontList();
}

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cursive,monospace,serif,sans-serif,fantasy,default,Arial,Arial Black,Arial Narrow,Book Antiqua,Bookman Old Style,Calibri,Century,Century Gothic,Comic Sans MS,Consolas,Courier,Courier New,Garamond,Georgia,Helvetica,Impact,Jokerman,Latha,Lucida Console,Magneto,Mistral,Monotype Corsiva,Onyx,Palatino Linotype,Parchment,Playbill,Shruti,Tahoma,Trebuchet MS,Verdana
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by:chrisvee
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how to send those font list to database (php/mysql)  through javascript ?
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Using jQuery and ajax:


$(function() {
    $.post("whichfonts.php?fonts="+encodeURI(Detector.getFontList()),function(data){
      alert('Font list sent to server');
    });
});
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by:chrisvee
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i implemented javascript with ajax.please check mistakes.

function send(s){
	s = s.toString(" ");

	send = "f="+encodeURIComponent(Detector.getFontList());
	ajax("page.php",send);
}

function ajax(url, send){
	var ar = null;
	try{
		ar=new XMLHttpRequest();
	}catch(e){
		if(window.ActiveXObject){
			var ax=['Msxml2.XMLHTTP.3.0','Msxml2.XMLHTTP.4.0','Msxml2.XMLHTTP.6.0','Msxml2.XMLHTTP','Microsoft.XMLHTTP'],i=ax.length;
			while(--i){
				try{
					ar=new ActiveXObject(ax[i]);
					break;
				}catch(e){
				}
			}
		}
		if(ar==null){
			alert("Update your browser.");
		}
	}
	ar.open("POST",url,true);
	ar.setRequestHeader("Content-Type","application/x-www-form-urlencoded");
	ar.onreadystatechange=function(){
		if(ar.readyState==4){
			if(ar.status==200||ar.status==304){
				document.body.innerHTML=ar.responseText.replace(/\n/g, "<br>");
			};
		}
	}
	ar.send(send);
};

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in php file, can i use  $_POST['f']  ?
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Yes, why not try?
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Not sure if what your are doing with the "s" var
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