First I must admit that this is one of my "million dollar ideas" something that I trully believed would make a lot of money. Please continue reading.
This idea is a "philantrophic" idea in the sense that many would benefit and it isn't just some sleezy scheme to get money.
I apologize if this is the wrong place to post however I don't really know where else to go.
First a brief biography: I am a technology dude, I love machines, devices, electricity...
I have spent most of my life studying aviation and mechanics so my knowledge does not apply to software / coding. Since this idea of mine is rather ambitious, I need help from several people who are good at what they are doing and love what they do.
From initial searches, this idea does not yet exist. I am disclosing it because I want it to exist and it is ok if it becomes open source and i don't generate any money from it but I would personally like the program to exist because I wish I had it when I was setting up a website.
What I wanted to do was basically create an image to html transltator by using a scanner.
How would this work?
Well the program/software ( I don't know what to call it ) would operate in this procedure:
* First the user scans the drawing of their website
* Next, the data from the scanner is analyzed and understood, then a copy or memory is made of the image.
* The program will begin to "understand" what it is seeing, and start to group things together and fix things. For example a squigly drawn window would be fixed by the program and made into straight lines.
* The program has a built in "photoshop like editor" to customize the website by changing colors, giving function to buttons, the size of the website etc...
* The website is then scaled and emulated on various devices, PC's or mobile phones
It seems simple in theory but I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it would be to make this, even as a single person who is good at coding as there are several things to be "identified and annotated". That is, there are lots of things that a single person may specialize in doing. Further there is the problem of user-ability, can multiple operating sytems use the program and should it be web based so that multiple devices may use the program.
The other part that is hard (besides the entire project itself) is the idea that the "program" can interpret lines and text and boxes etc...
Still I firmly believe that this can exist and would be very helpful for multiple people. In fact I thought of it as an after thought when I tried to have someone create a website for me which I drew on Microsoft Paint. The human element would be "eliminate" when using this program and the failure to start ideas from naievity would be solved since people would not need to know html to use build their own custom websites which are not replicated templates or simple designs.
When I look at a PayPal donate button, I look at the HTML code and I see that most of it is "things" to do with addresses, location, function and not so much the item itself, it seems that the "button" is merely an image referenced in the code.
So, when I apply that thought to this idea, "Scan-a-web", I think that it is not what I am after although the scanning portion could use the "referecing or indexing" as a base block or starting point before aesthetics are added.
If I scan a website drawing, the program should be able to identify a scroll bar, which you would then while in the program, select on this scroll bar drawing and it should "light up or highlight" to suggest that you can intereract with this object and thereby assign it a task or change the color etc...
I think that most anyone can "draw" their idea and if they see something in their head, they want to make it as close as possible to what they envision. So, with the program, it is nice to think that a persons' dreams or desires are not destroyed by their lack of knowledge.
I'm not trying to put people out of jobs but it would be great if one could simply scan their website design idea and work from there.
If this idea is completely pointless because website builders such as Weebly may already make my idea obsolete if not useless then I understand.
But please let me know what your opinions are and if you would like to work on it, that would be great. I don't have any money to give you but you can be like the forefathers of the linux operating system which I am using now for free and create something great that others can benefit from.
I am practically clueless to coding, as far as html, I have only gotten as far as changing the style of text (italic, bold etc..) that's about it. So this idea if approached by myself would take a long time.
Lastly, to summarize one more time, the purpose if it is still not clear.
I tried creating a website, I did not know how difficult and yet simple it was. That you could write one entirely in notepad. Further items and objects are not "coded as if in CAD programs" rather a different method "the HTML method" so with this program, I could draw my website exactly how I want to see it, where text is, logos, windows etc... and the program would scan my image, and generate an HTML code of the image but in the sense of a full website, not as an image refrence. From here, a new window is seen and you may begin to interact with the "base block" website and start changing things like color and position of things. You basically create something which can interpret an image of a colleciton of items and rather than interpreting it as a picture/collection, the individual components of the picture are isolated as singular objects which can then be modified.