Icon for web site

Hey guys,

Recently I have seen some web sites use there own icon in the address bar and when I add them to my favorites.  This only works when I use IE 4/5.  I have looked at the code to one of the sites that does that and I can't figure out how it does it.  The site I went to is http://www.audiofind.com  Yahoo did this same thing but it stoped after a couple of weeks.  Does anyone know how to implement this?

Thanks for any help.
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GnissmanCommented:
You have to draw an icon ( 32 x 32 picels ) and copy it in every folder which provides content on your site. Name that file  "favicon.ico"

That's it! Whenever somebody bookmarks a page from that folder, the icon will appear in his favorites!

Gniss
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GnissmanCommented:
If you need an excellent tool to create your icons:

http://www.impactsoft.com/muangelo/muangelo.html

offers a 30-day-trial version!

Gniss
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RaAuthor Commented:
Gnissman, I put an icon on the server in the same folder that contains my web pages and named it favicon.ico, but it is not working.  Does the icon have to be in the directories that just hold the images also?  The server that I am using is xoom.com.  I believe that it is a Uinx based server.  Does this matter?
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GnissmanCommented:
The icon has to be in the same folder as the html-page you are bookmarking, so the place should be correct.

What program did you create your icon with? Are you sure it isn't just a bitmap-file?

Gniss
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RaAuthor Commented:
I originally created it with Paint Shop Pro and saved it as a 32x32 bmp @ 256 colors.  I then used a bmp to ico utility to convert it to an icon.  This icon shows up fine in Windows.  I have downloaded Microangelo(sp?) as you suggested, and I will create an icon with that and try it later tonight.  (I'm at work now and I can't do it from here.)

Does the amount of colors matter?  16, 256, 16 million?
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RaAuthor Commented:
I used Microangelo to create an icon.  It still does not work.  Is there something I am not doing here?
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GnissmanCommented:
Weird... I just checked the favicon.ico that audiofind.com uses, and it is just a plain icon-file.

Maybe just two more things to try:

1. create an icon 16x16 pixels at 16 colors (that's the format audiofind.com uses, but *normally* 32x32 should work too)

2. check that you didn't use any capital letters in the filename. favicon.ico has to be all in lowercase letters

Does that work?

Gniss
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RaAuthor Commented:
Dang.  Now I can't even see audiofind's icon.  There must be something screwy in my installation of IE 5.  :(  If you would, please go to this adress and tell me if you see the icon.  http://members.xoom.com/TheButcher/

I can't see it at all :(  I even tried the 16x16 @ 16 colors with no success.  The icon I put up there is 32x32 @ 16 colors.
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GnissmanCommented:
Yes, I can see some kind of fierce looking skull with horns on it... scary... ;-)

So there really seems to be a problem with your IE installation. By the way, I just checked the MSDN to see what they say about favicon: They recommend using 16x16 icons, and you can also specify any .ico-file as your "favicon.ico":

<LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www.mydomain.com/myicon.ico">

Put this into the HEAD-section of your document and you can name your icon anyhow and put it anywhere in your structure.

Gniss
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RaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help Gnissman.  I'm kinda glad that it was my installation of IE that's screwing up.  ;)  I'm just glad that the icon is showing up.  

Because your original comment is the correct answer, even though I couldn't see the icon, I have accepted it as the answer.

Thanks again.
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