An alternative for the HTML5 color input element.
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useful.color.js: Colour Picker

An alternative for the HTML5 color input element.

Try the demo.

How to include the script

The stylesheet is best included in the header of the document.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="./css/useful-color.css"/>

This include can be added to the header or placed inline before the script is invoked.

<script src="./js/useful-color.js"></script>

To enable the use of HTML5 tags in Internet Explorer 8 and lower, include html5.js.

<!--[if lte IE 9]>
	<script src="//"></script>

How to start the script

This method allows CSS Rules to be used to apply the script to one or more nodes at the same time.

var colors = new useful.Color().init({
	// elements
	'elements' : document.querySelectorAll('input[type=color]'),
	// initial color
	'color' : '#FF0000',
	// on change event
	'onchange' : function () {}

elements : {DOM elements} - A collection of target elements.

color : {string} - A colour in hex format for the placeholder text.

support : {boolean} - A test to determine which browsers have native support for the color input element.

How to build the script

This project uses node.js from

This project uses gulp.js from

The following commands are available for development:

  • npm install - Installs the prerequisites.
  • gulp import - Re-imports libraries from supporting projects to ./src/libs/ if available under the same folder tree.
  • gulp dev - Builds the project for development purposes.
  • gulp prod - Builds the project for deployment purposes.
  • gulp watch - Continuously recompiles updated files during development sessions.
  • gulp serve - Serves the project on a temporary web server at http://localhost:8000/ .


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. The latest version of this and other scripts by the same author can be found at