Mozilla 0.9.6 Released
Tuesday November 20th, 2001
mozilla.org today made available for download binaries of the Mozilla 0.9.6 Milestone. The builds are available on the releases page, or you can get them directly from the ftp site.
#106 Re: Site icons vs Favicons
by SubtleRebel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday November 22nd, 2001 8:31 AM
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Favicons are a Microsoft proprietary creation; the name relates to IE Favorites. Favicons are also typically requested by IE whether or not they exist for a site.
Site icons are more generalized and open standards oriented; Mozilla will use them in the url window, bookmarks, links toolbar, and possibly desktop icons for a particular site. These site icons are typically only requested by Mozilla if the web designer specifies that they exist by using a LINK tag. Site icons do not have to be named favicon.ico and they do not even have to be .ico files.
Mozilla also has some support for favicons, but it is currently defaulting to off because of a debate about whether or not it is ok to have the browser requesting a favicon.ico file which is frequently nonexistant. The implementation of favicons.ico is also not according to any standards spec and so there is some debate about whether or not we should support it based on it being a non-standard.
IE also has some some support for site icons via the LINK tag. However there is some debate about whether IE supports it properly.
The W3C specs relating to site icons are not 100% clear, so it is unlikely that the debates will stop until they say something more directly addressing the issue, but until then Mozilla is trying to support them in the most standards friendly and non-proprietary way as possible.