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Topic # 77298 14-Feb-2011 14:15 Send private message

so i downloaded the newest IE9, and went ahead and added facebook and geekzone to the taskbar



the facebook icon looks great, but the geekzone one is seriously pixelated.  do you need a 'high definition' favicon image to get a nice looking one, or do you just need to upgrade the quality of the existing one?




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  Reply # 439282 14-Feb-2011 14:48

Indeed, needs a bit of transparency too or it looks pretty bad on a dark background.

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  Reply # 439284 14-Feb-2011 14:49 Send private message

The Favicon - "Favourites Icon" - is _supposed to be_ 16x16 pixels.

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Favicon

A seperate icon is another thing alltogether.






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  Reply # 439290 14-Feb-2011 15:11 Send private message

BlakJak: The Favicon - "Favourites Icon" - is _supposed to be_ 16x16 pixels.

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Favicon

A seperate icon is another thing alltogether.


LOL.

and we should still be designing all our webpages for 640x480 resolution too!

further down that page, under browser support, it says:


Additionally, such icon files can be either 16×16 or 32×32 pixels in size, and either 8-bit, 24-bit, or 32-bit in color depth[10] (note that GIF files have a limited, 256 color palette entries).

Most web browsers have since added support for the new W3C HTML recommendation.[11]





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  Reply # 439320 14-Feb-2011 16:23 Send private message

freitasm is out of reach today but he will no doubt reply in due course :-)



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  Reply # 439330 14-Feb-2011 16:34 Send private message

scottjpalmer: freitasm is out of reach today but he will no doubt reply in due course :-)


there is no such thing as a geek like mf that is 'out of reach'... unless he took teh wrong data card on the road ;)




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  Reply # 439354 14-Feb-2011 17:27 Send private message

ICO file format can store multiple size images, pretty standard to include 16x16 and 32x32... becoming common to store larger sizes in there too like 48x48 for Windows 7.

However you still need to consider keeping the size of the favicon down to a reasonable level as it's a heavily requested resource.

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  Reply # 439402 14-Feb-2011 19:15 Send private message

Yes, good point - will put together a larger favicon.

Good developer rundown of new IE9 jumplists and favions can be found here for anyone else interested: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3723715/where-does-ie9-look-for-the-new-large-favicons




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  Reply # 439441 14-Feb-2011 20:27 Send private message

I'd like to highly recommend http://egressive.com/tutorial/creating-a-multi-resolution-favicon-including-transparency-with-the-gi... - i've just followed exactly this process for my own website. I found that link via Wikipedia and I know Dave Lane, so yeah, kudos to him for putting a useful tutorial online. :)




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  Reply # 439485 14-Feb-2011 21:39 Send private message

Ragnor: However you still need to consider keeping the size of the favicon down to a reasonable level as it's a heavily requested resource.

So why not only serve the newer favicon to IE 9, as it is my understanding that is the only one that actually needs it?



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  Reply # 439565 14-Feb-2011 23:22 Send private message

codyc1515:
Ragnor: However you still need to consider keeping the size of the favicon down to a reasonable level as it's a heavily requested resource.

So why not only serve the newer favicon to IE 9, as it is my understanding that is the only one that actually needs it?


according to this chart - http://informationgift.com/ud/faviconic/ (linked from above wikipedia page) - there is much wider support for the higher res versions than just IE9...




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  Reply # 439717 15-Feb-2011 11:55 Send private message

I have a bookmark on my android phone to the mobile geekzone, and the icon used there is much higher than 16x16.  Is the android browser getting that icon from a different place?

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  Reply # 459801 17-Apr-2011 17:32 Send private message

We have updated the favicon. Not onbly it's five times smaller in file size now, it's a lot clearer in the taskbar.

Also, when using IE 9 you will be able to pin Geekzone to the taskbar and start some tasks directly from there.

We will work to provide notifications through icons and the jumplist on the taskbar as well, such as new forum posts and new PMs. This will be coming in the next few weeks.







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  Reply # 459841 17-Apr-2011 19:27 Send private message

looks nice. thanks for the update :)




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