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My post here is sort of heads-up and a general rant, but what's with those folks at Redmond? The Explorer icon and those of other programs have had transparent backgrounds forever! But drag one of mine onto the desktop and it's got a white box around it.
I use IconForge to create the favicon transparency - but maybe there's a trick I'm missing here. The favicons are rendered with transparency in most other browsers. So, is there a way to get MSIE to display them correctly?
It's just more elegant if there can be transparency. And since I take the trouble to create favicons with 2 separate resolutions (16x16 and 32x32) it would be nice to know that they'll diplay with transparency on the desktop, just like other icons can.
They look great in some of the spots where other browsers display them. Opera puts them on the browser tabs, for instance, which I believe take on you system default colors.
I recently set my backgrounds to off-white to help with glare, and that's made me more sensitive to the way favicons are treated. And I don't want to reosrt to squares all the time.
Another point about favicons is how some new browers will show it immediately when you are on a site, and IE will only show it once you "favorite place" it. Considering IE "invented" favicon, it's interesting how other browsers are improving it.
<link rel="SHORTCUT ICON" href="/favicon.ico">
And yes, the favicon does vanish from IE's Favorites after a while. I think their own brand gets jealous. It still shows up in the location bar whenever you visit, and Opera 7 shows it on the tab and the location bar, but, paradoxically, NOT in the bookmarks.
Personally, I consider them a nice perk... so I design one, install it on the server, and let the end user's browser sort it out. Since I'm still using OS9 on my Mac, I don't have a browser that supports them... so I never get to admire my handiwork anyhow.