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Postby Leon » Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:45 pm

Why not make the M in your logo as an favicon ?

<link REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="/favicon.ico">
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Re: Missing favicon

Postby nesman » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:25 am

That's not a bad idea. What I tend to do is use a blank (0 byte) favicon.ico unless I have an actual image to use for a site.

Battye, check your http error logs. I bet you get a ton of 404 errors from Firefox users trying to download your favicon.
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Re: Missing favicon

Postby battye » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:48 am

nesman wrote:That's not a bad idea. What I tend to do is use a blank (0 byte) favicon.ico unless I have an actual image to use for a site.

Battye, check your http error logs. I bet you get a ton of 404 errors from Firefox users trying to download your favicon.


Yeah I do have a lot of errors related to the favicon file. Maybe at some point in the future prototech will be able to make that logo into a small enough size for a favicon, I think it would look nice a you said Leon :)
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Re: Missing favicon

Postby nesman » Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:25 pm

While we're on the subject of favicons...

I just happen to be in the middle of updating my Firefox homepage when I see this thread updated. I'm adding site favicons to the links. I don't think I'll actually use this version, but it's kind of neat to look at. I don't really like the idea of making ~50 image requests each time I open Firefox. Currently the page is just html and a css document.

Normal version: http://nesman.afraid.org/layout28/
With icons: http://nesman.afraid.org/layout28/fav.html

I like the look of the new version, but I'm too lazy to grab local copies of all the icons. I don't really want to link them remotely and make my page load forever just because somebody's site is down.

One option that I like is to embed/encode the images directly into the html, similar to the way email attachments are sent. Two downsides are that the file size goes up greatly and IE doesn't know how to display the images.
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Re: Missing favicon

Postby nesman » Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:09 pm

I used http://www.html-kit.com/favicon/ to create this image. I cut a square out of your logo in paint and uploaded the bmp file. If you put favicon.ico in your website directory it will work. Put it in the same folder as index.php and posting.php.

You might like to check out the site. There's an option to add scrolling text too, but you'd have to modify the HTML for that to work. Not that I'd expect you to have a hard time with that. :)

By the way, .ico files are not allowed for upload, so I've uploaded the entire zip archive.
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Re: Missing favicon

Postby battye » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:34 pm

I've uploaded yours. Thanks nes, it looks really good :) :D (you might need to refresh the page in your browser to see the changes)
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Re: Missing favicon

Postby nesman » Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:36 pm

Love it. :)
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Re: Missing favicon

Postby moongirl » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:10 am

Today I have learnt... "Favicon" and ".ico". Thanks Nes!! :)


What is a favicon?
Favicon (pronounced fav-eye-con) is short for 'Favorites Icon.' A Favicon is a multi-resolution image included on nearly all professional developed sites. Within Internet Explorer the Favicon is displayed on the Address line and in the Favorites menu. The Favicon allows the webmaster to further promote their site, and to create a more customized appearance within a visitor's browser. Often, the Favicon reflects the look and feel of the web site or the organization's logo.

What is an ico file?
An ico file is actually a repository of bitmap like images. They are used because in some locations a 16x16 pixel image is desired, and sometimes a 32x32 image may be needed. Sometimes a 16 color image is desired, and sometimes a 256 color icon is desired. This repository is scanned for the image size/color count appropriate for the location and the computer's color capability. If the image is not ideal, it may be compressed, expanded, and/or colors may be modified producing unexpected results.
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