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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.

New to this milestone are fixes for about 1,600 bugs including support for site icons in both the url bar and tabs (expect IE's favicons to show up in 0.9.7), displaying both Windows Bitmap (.bmp) and Windows Icon (.ico) files inline on all platforms, a new print preview implementation, Page Setup improvements on the Macintosh, Mail message 'labels' (Correction: This feature is not fully complete, only parts of the backed have landed.), and a new select and search context menu item, among others. If you are interested in more information on any of these new features, be sure to check out the release notes.

Also, mozilla.org last week released the source code on which Netscape 6.2 was based.


#106 Re: Site icons vs Favicons

by SubtleRebel <mark@ky.net>

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.