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Tonearm




msg:613764
 4:25 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'd like to create a favicon for my site. What should I know before getting started? Size, color limitations, etc?

- Grant

 

nancyb




msg:613765
 5:06 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

try this search [google.com] for everything you wanted to know about favicons and how to create them ;)

mahlon




msg:613766
 5:29 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

There is a plugin for photoshop that saves file as an .ico, resizes and everything.

[telegraphics.com.au...]

photon




msg:613767
 6:36 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Also take a look at [favicon.com...]

ncw164x




msg:613768
 6:46 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

To save time and be able to make a favicon.ico from any size photo on your hard drive in seconds try this

[chami.com...]

I have no links with this site, I found it when I was searching last year for programs to make my own icon

bumpaw




msg:613769
 5:13 am on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I like anything tied to html-kit. Do favicons work with IE 6? If they do I can't seem to figure out how.

I just tried the PixelToolbox [axiomx.com] yesterday and it seemed to work ok. It's free and might be worth a look.

Dave McClure




msg:613770
 12:08 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

{Do favicons work with IE 6?}
It seems pretty hit-or-miss with IE. I installed Firefox yesterday and suddenly all my favicons worked perfectly.

domoftheuk




msg:613771
 1:35 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

{Do favicons work with IE 6?}

Yes

But if you put a site in your favourites that has a favicon, the favicon will go missing after awhile.

poter




msg:613772
 8:53 pm on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

if i already have the favicon itself how can i set it to be showen in? ( imean what is the code to do it)

tedster




msg:613773
 10:56 pm on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

First, if you simply name the file favicon.ico and place it in the root of your domain, most browsers will find it. In fact, you can see this in server logs for any website without a favicon.ico - it will be full of 404 requests for just such a file.

You can make this an even surer thing by placing the following code in the <head> of you html document:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="[path to the favicon goes here]">

By using this code, you can assign different favicons to different sections of your site, and even pull a favicon from a different domain.

jottof




msg:613774
 11:49 pm on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

just get the pic (choose a simple one), resize it to: 16*16 pixels, and save it has ico.

put it in root of your web ... et voilą.

or at least that how i remember,

tedster




msg:613775
 12:11 am on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Just for the record, ico is a file format that allows several images in one file (it's like a library file.)

This means you can also save a 32x32 image in the same .ico file. Then if someone drags your bookmark to their desktop, for instance, they will automatically see a 32x32 image that looks beautiful, not pixelated the way a doubled 16x16 icon looks.

Some people think that you can just change the file extension of a 16x16 pixel .gif to .ico, and this is NOT true. You need an application that can save to the .ico format.

There are some other issues you may want to consider - color depth for instance, especially on older computers. Some people feel it's a good idea to restrict the favicon's palette to the Windows palette. This step means your icon will work well for a wider possible audience. It also limits the aesthetic possibilities - your trade off to decide.

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