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Re: url bar

From: Marjolein Katsma <access@javawoman.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 19:33:30 +0200
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To: "Jonathan Chetwynd" <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>, "Robert Neff" <rneff@bbnow.net>, "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I have a little more information about this on my site at http://hshelp.com/favicon.html

In short: 
- The icon can be in the root folder and be called favicon.ico and will be picked up automaticaly by IE 5+
- You can have an icon in every subdirectory as well (so a subsite in a subdirectory can have its own icon)
- You can have an icon specific to a single page as well
- The icon should conform to the standard icon file format; at the very minimum it can be a 16x16 16-color BMP (Windows bitmap) file renamed to an .ico extension (something to can create with basic tools like Windows paint); but you can use (and exploit) the full capabilities of the icon file format, and "stack" icons of different sizes and color depths in a single file; the operating system will pick the correct one. (The icon in the address bar and favorites menu will use the 16x16 format, but drag the address onto your desktop and if you have not changed the settings for icon size on the desktop, the 32x32 icon will be used for that, and obviously it can be more deatiled than a 16x16 icon).

I use all these techniques on my site: a general icon for the whole site, a subsite icon for the "books" section, a "tips" icon for separate tips pages; and all icons have at least both 16x16 and 32x32 forms in one icon file.

Also note the icon can be used in a number of places: in the address bar, as the icon for a shortcut, as the icon in the Favorites menu, and as the icon for a window on the task bar. However, when you're not on-line, it will only remain as long as it lives in your cache...

At 21:08 2001-04-21 +0100, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:
>sorry they are not called .fav but favicon.ico, you need to save them in the
>root folder of your site...
>and although the users see them they are not saved as favicon.ico on their
>HDs, obviously this would lead to a lot of confusion.
>The image is attached, but the link is on the previous email, I still
>haven't figured out how to email them correctly....
>jonathan chetwynd
>IT teacher (LD)

Marjolein Katsma
HomeSite Help - http://hshelp.com/
Bookstore for Webmasters - http://hshelp.com/bookstore/bookstore.html
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