Changing the cursor for an entire site.

I would like to make the mouse pointer an image for the entire site. Not just mouse over, or onhover, but for the whole page. I'm supposing it would be put somewhere in the body tag.

What do you all think?
healthcomputingAsked:
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PhilHowCommented:
I stlesheet you put

* {cursor:url('yourimage.gif'}
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DaydreamsCommented:
Hi healthcomputing,

The cursor would need to be in the form of a .cur or .ani file for IE6 and later (IE will not support other file types):

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa358795.aspx

From that page:
"Internet Explorer 6 and later. Cursor is defined by the author, using a custom Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), such as url('mycursor.cur'). Cursors of type .CUR and .ANI are the only supported cursor types."

Firefox, from version 1.5 and later, supports custom cursors:

http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Using_URL_values_for_the_cursor_property

Ycan use BMP, JPG, CUR, GIF, etc. images. However, ANI is not supported. And even if you specify an animated GIF, the cursor will not be an animated cursor.

You can create custom cursors with the freeware iconArt: http://www.tucows.com/preview/293034

An example:

body {cursor: url(foo.cur), url(http://www.example.com/bar.gif), auto;}

This will first try loading foo.cur. If that file does not exist or is not valid for some other reason, bar.gif is tried, and if that can't be used either, auto will be used.

Various versions of various browsers may or may not support your custom cursor, so I would suggest not using it for anything important.
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DaydreamsCommented:
To be more concise, the style would be put in the head between the style tags thusly:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN"
 "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<title>Custom cursors</title>
<style type="text/css">
body {cursor: url(foo.cur), url(http://www.example.com/bar.gif), auto;}
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div> Let's see if it works with your browser</div>
</body>
</html>
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healthcomputingAuthor Commented:
Thanks to both of you, works like a charm.
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DaydreamsCommented:
You're welcome healthcomputing:-)
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