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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 11:50:52 -0500
Message-ID: <3DB269E1BEC8134084EAA64AD4A1E0CF0F0CF2@stlmail1.corp.amdocs.com>
To: "'Jens Meiert'" <jens.meiert@erde3.com>, Chris Moschini <Chris.Moschini@amdocs.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org, www-style@w3.org
Well, on one hand, I do like that title attribute. It's sensible relative to the meaning of the tag. However, I feel the icon makes sense in CSS because:

1) It *is* strictly presentation; the icon has no "content," no added meaning to the user. It simply offers a branding opportunity. Images meanwhile *can* have content, and therefore may or may not make sense to be called from CSS.

2) Including it in CSS would resolve the issue of having to include a link rel="icon" tag on every page on a site. The CSS reference would resolve it as any site-wide CSS would reference the icon. Alternately, section-wide CSS may reference the icon, meaning different sections of a site could have different icons (useful and sensible).

All "favicon" purpose does seem to point to CSS's intent... .

-Chris "SoopahMan" Moschini

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jens Meiert [mailto:jens.meiert@erde3.com]

> perhaps reference to
> "favicon" belongs in a site's CSS instead

Why!? Otherwise please be consequent and stop all the object element
discussion and simply put all images into your CSS...!

I think the 'favicon' topic is very special, and I neither appreciate a
extra link element use nor a CSS integration for it, that's both inelegantly for
me. Either define a common place and name for it (as exists and often works
as 'favicon.ico' in the server root) and leave it from markup, or integrate it
e.g. as a <title /> attribute like

     <title icon="./foo/bar.gif" />

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