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RE: favicon.ico vs <link> - add link type for shortcut icon?

From: Chris Moschini <Chris.Moschini@amdocs.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 10:10:23 -0500
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To: "'Joris Huizer'" <joris_huizer@yahoo.com>, www-html@w3.org
> Well, I think the main reason might be, this link type
only has something to do with graphical browsers;
text-only browsers, or speech browsers - will simply
ignore it...

Although it's only really useful for graphical browsers, that doesn't mean it's useless.

That is interesting you mention CSS however; perhaps reference to "favicon" belongs in a site's CSS instead. Adding this to the standard would at least ensure Mozilla and Opera would follow quickly, though IE it appears is set in stone... .

If a link tag is used, I agree "shortcut icon" is entirely innappropriate. It refers specifically to the Windows Desktop, and violates standards regarding the rel attribute. "icon" is the proper value. I also agree that Mozilla's acceptance of any image type (not just the .ico format) is appropriate.

The question lies in, I suppose:

Should the standard be one that formally agrees with and expands what's already there (that is, link rel="icon", any image format), or should it avoid such an obscure syntax and be added to the most sensible place for it, CSS, even though it means it will never see light of day on authors' sites for at least several years to come?

-Chris "SoopahMan" Moschini

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