| Best Practices
a the current best practices
for building favicons?
Currently we recommend the following:
the ultra-convservative: If you wish to be a little more conservative,
use only the standard windows 16 colors. Some users have created 4
image favicons. 2 16x16 images and 2 32x32 images, having one image
with 16 colors and one image having 256 colors keeping size constant.
Of course, Have you ever looked at your web site at 16 colors? I doubt
it looks that good. Some people believe that the systems tray only
allows 16 color icons.
Create a multi-resolution favicon with two images. One image should
be 32x32 and the other 16x16. Both 256 colors (stick to Windows
Default Palette). Reason: In some browsers, you can drag the favicon
to the desktop where it becomes a link. Often, this desktop icon
is 32x32 pixels.
Name your file 'favicon.ico'. Reason: Some browsers search for
this file by default.
Place the favicon at the highest level of your site (in directory
of your default web page - ie index.html)
Use the LINK tag on every page within the <HEAD> section:
<LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www.mydomain.com/myicon.ico">
Reason: Some browsers will not attempt to retrieve the favicon
unless there is a LINK tag such as the one above.