First Things First: This tutorial will only work with Internet Explorer 5.0 (and above when they come out). As of 7/6/99, no other Netscape or IE browser supports this event.
So, I get this letter one day asking why an error log was showing requests for something called favicon.ico. I had never heard of such a thing and neither had the person sending me the e-mail. An investigation ensued.
If you haven't heard about it yet, MSIE 5.0 has a great new feature that allows you to create a small (16X16) icon and place it on your site so that when people bookmark using the 5.0 browser, their bookmark shows your little icon. Goodies is set up to do it right now. So, if you have IE 5.0, bookmark this page. A little orange "HG" will pop up in your Favorites Menu next to this page's link. (Strangely, sometimes the icon shows right away, and other times it pops up the next time I open the browser.)
So, follow along with me here and let's get you up to speed. You've got Icons to place.
The first was the site http://www.favicon.com. The search engine text said that I could make an icon there. Well, when I showed up, the icon maker was down. However, they do offer the ability to sign up for a mailing list that will alert me when their Java-based icon software comes out. It may be available when you read this.
Since I have no patience, I went looking for some other program that would allow me to create an icon. Bingo... Microangelo. This is a shareware program that allowed me to either create the icon right to the screen or to create a 16X16 in PhotoShop, save it as a .gif, open it in Microangelo, then save that as an icon. I did the latter. Grab your own trial version of the Microangelo software at http://www.impactsoft.com.
As you can probably guess, 16X16 does not allow for much detail, so I went with a simple orange square surrounding a red "H" and a brown "G". It looks like this: .
Okay, now let's assume you've got the icon in hand. What do you do with it?