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I'm trying to create a favicon which I've done before, and it just
won't show up. I've even saved the file as a gif and entered the URL
of where the file is according to my FTP program, and I get a File
Cannot Be Found error. I've copied the pixels from the file and pasted
them into a favicon that is working and showing up, renamed it by just
adding a number to the end, and still it won't show up, either as
an .ico or a .gif. So I've determined it's not the file name, but
somthing wrong with the file itself. Can anyone tell me what I should
be looking for?

Re: favicon trouble

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How about a URL to the site?  8-(

Re: favicon trouble

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Some browsers will not display the graphic unless it is specifically an
icon (extension .ico).  However, GIFs and icons are not formatted the
same.  Thus, you can't take a file favicon.gif and rename it favicon.ico.

With Windows, you can take a GIF and display it with Photo Editor.
Resize the image to exactly 16x16 pixels.  Then, [Edit > Select All] and
[Edit > Copy].  Open IconEdit32 and [Edit > Paste] into a 16 pixel
workspace.  Then, save the result.  When I do this, I then resize again
in Photo Editor to 32x32 pixels and paste into a 32 pixel workspace in
IconEdit32, repeating again for 48 pixels.

I generally start with full-color (256-bit) icons.  Then, I copy the
icons into IconEdit32 workspaces for 16-bit color and for
black-and-white icons, giving me a full set of nine variations.  I find
that manual editing in IconEdit32 at each resolution and at each
color-level always improves the quality of the icon display, even for
16x16 pixel black-and-white icons.

Also, don't forget to put
  <link rel="shortcut icon" href="myicon.ICO" type="image/x-icon">
  <link rel="icon" href="myicon.ICO" type="image/x-icon">
into the header of your HTML.

Finally, if you are trying to see the icon via Firefox or SeaMonkey,
don't forget to set the preferences:
    user_pref("browser.chrome.favicons", true);
    user_pref("browser.chrome.load_toolbar_icons", 2);
    // display site icons in bookmarks file
    // (0=never, 1=when in cache, 2=always)


David E. Ross

I use SeaMonkey as my Web browser because I want
a browser that complies with Web standards.  See

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