Favicon.ico Explanation: What It Is & What It Does...
Due to recent Discussions @ our weekly live Build Or Buy Sessions we've added this document for reference. Favicon.ico is just another way to personalize and distinguish a web site from others.
From the User perspective, Favicon.ico has 2 places of usefulness:
1.) Internet Explorer Browser - Bookmark a page with Microsoft IE and notice some sites have a special icon associated with their respective bookmark thus differentiating or branding site A from site B. Think of it as marketing. Favicon.ico does NOT work with Netscape 4.whatever varieties!
The "favicon.ico" files resides in the root of the web site, usually in the same location as the index.html page. There may be references to the "favicon.ico" on the index.html page. This depends upon the individual Web Developer's needs. View Source of this page compared to index.html for reference.
Required HTML Code:
2.) Desktop Icons - Any icon on your Desktop can be changed to whatever you want. Whoever thought icons would be such a big deal? Yes, there are books on the subject from windows 3.0 days!
To create Desktop Wallpapers (bitmap files), Icons (smaller bitmap pictures), Cursors and Audio / Sound Bites or whole Themes require specific tools for the task. Wallpaper can be BMP, JPG or GIF files. Icons can be ICO, DLL or other file formats. On a Windows PC, audio bytes are usually WAV and sometimes MP3 Files.
Depending upon the goal and scope of the project, anything is possible and the repertoire of tools will only grow as your needs and expertise also increase.
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Web Development, Gill Boyd & Team - Posted 09-23-2001; Revised 03/12/2009