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Re: [whatwg] apple-touch-icon

From: John Mellor <johnme@google.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:59:16 +0100
Message-ID: <CAG_kaUYKTLUaRg3VkkhDxCJ540CRGYFJSh-FHeJqJbOSoRdQnQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mathias Bynens <mathiasb@opera.com>
Cc: WHATWG <whatwg@whatwg.org>
Chrome 30 dropped support[1] for fetching apple-touch-icon-* from well
known URLs, since the 404 pages that are usually returned were consuming
3-4% of all mobile bandwidth usage[2]. We're unlikely to reverse that.

We still support apple-touch-icon-* via link rel under some circumstances
(e.g. for add to homescreen), but they're deprecated[3], since we'd like
authors to use the standard for this, i.e.:

<link rel="shortcut icon" sizes="128x128" href="/favicon.png">

(or even good old:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico">

with multiple resolutions in the .ico file for compatibility with IE<11).

[1]: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=259681
[2]: https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=104585
[3]: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=296962


On 28 July 2014 08:35, Mathias Bynens <mathiasb@opera.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
> wrote:
> > For <link rel=icon> we already define the /favicon.ico fallback. If a
> > page lacks <link rel=icon sizes> we should probably also look at
> > Apple's proprietary extension here given that it's quite widely
> > adopted. Chrome supports it and there is some work going on in Firefox
> > as well: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=921014
>
> FWIW, Chrome’s intention was to drop support for Apple’s magic file
> names at some point.
> https://developer.chrome.com/multidevice/android/installtohomescreen#icon
> But I agree — it seems that this won’t happen any time soon.
>
> In case it helps, here’s some more info on touch icon support on
> various OS/devices: http://mathiasbynens.be/notes/touch-icons
>
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