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If I add a bookmark to a site like www.deja.com I get their logo as an icon in front of the name of the page. Anyone know how this can be done in HTML?
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It's not hard to do and it doesn't have anything to do with HTML. Here is how it works.

It's not hard to set up for your website, here is how you do it.

If there is a file named favicon.ico located on your server, Internet Explorer will display your custom icon on every page that is bookmarked.

Before I tell you how to do it I'll tell you the requirements to make it work on your website.
Internet Explorer 5.0 expects the favicon.ico file to reside in the directory of the page being bookmarked. Put one in every directory on your site.

The icon itself must conform to the following specifications.
     a) Use not more than 16 colors
     b) The icon must be 16x16 pixels in size

Usually you will need to create the actual icon with a an icon editor software tool.
Here is software you can download free to create the icon by yourself:
     
http://www.fh-sbg.ac.at/%7Ehwieshof/english/icon32.htm
or if you want you can download an icon from a web site and rename it.
The following website has lots of icons:
http://www.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/AIcons/prog/index_example.html

Save your icon as "favicon.ico" and upload it in binary mode to your primary web directory.
That's all there is to it. You can test yours by making a bookmark. You will see your custom icon instead of the webpage icon supplied with Windows that all the other bookmarks use.

Have fun impressing the people that bookmark your page! :)
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