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Post by toyfj40 » Sat Aug 20, 2005 4:27 pm

I noticed "a little tweaking" of the site. the 'topic/thread' status icons
are now little pistols.
Various browsers will behave differently, but placing a pistol-icon in the
"root" of the WebServer... as 'favicon.ico' might/may/should allow
browsers to retrieve it and use it to display on the ADDRESS/URL-line
and/or on a Browser-Window-Tab. It's "fluff", but cute.

I have a little-.22LR-cartridge that gets picked up with my "images".
http://toyfj40.freeshell.org/GunPix/BM7.html
http://toyfj40.FreeShell.org/favicon.ico is the image

I have these .ico-collections in my notes
http://www.html-kit.com/favicon/validator/
http://www.IconArchive.com/
http://www.Draac.com/aimicons/
http://www.sam-hane.com/sass/icons/
http://toyfj40.FreeShell.org/GunPix/IconsGuns.zip
is a small "collection" I saved from somewhere(?)

There is a HTML-hard-coded-tag, but the above is 'default'.
*** <LINK REL="shortcut icon" Type=image/x-icon
*** HREF=http://toyfj40.FreeShell.org/images/TXstate.ico >
This HTML can be placed in the <HEAD> of a page
to re-direct the favicon.ico to a specific-icon by changing the URL.
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Post by Bullseye » Sat Aug 20, 2005 4:57 pm

That is an excellent idea Toy! I really like your little cartridge favicon. I'm working on a little pistol for the favicon just like you've suggested. I'm new at this, so it takes me a while to create these things. Working the templates is a great learning tool for me.

I'm currently working on changing the text lists in the header to little buttons. I think icons are more classier compared to simple text in brackets.

I also want to use the thumbnails-to-large picture format but I haven't quite figured out how to code it yet. This way users with slower ISP hosts can get their pages loaded faster and have the option of choosing the large picture if they're interested.

These little subtle style changes are the kinds of things I wanted to have in place before I launched the website. Unfortunately other events drove me to announce the site a little sooner than I had planned. It is starting to look good. Now if I could just fix that cookies path problem that's causing users to retype their data each time they visit, I'd be an ever happier camper!

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to drop them here. I can't think of everything by myself. I certainly do appreciate your help.

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Post by Bullseye » Sat Aug 20, 2005 6:29 pm

Toy,

Do you know how to code a php page to show favicons?

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Post by toyfj40 » Sat Aug 20, 2005 6:41 pm

Bullseye wrote:Do you know how to code a php page to show favicons?
sorry, my HTML sprouted from my unix and "data analysis" work
to display some results for Mgt... to this day, I still code all my
HTML with 'vi' and/or via some custom-program-generated HTML
sample: http://toyfj40.FreeShell.org/Jokes/

My observation is that a browser will AUTOMATICALLY generate
a "GET" to the server for: HOST/favicon.ico
WebServer logs (ie. Apache) will show failed-requests for
favicon.ico when it is not provided/available.
So, you don't have to CODE the favicon.ico in the pages,
the browser will just request it from the "root" (I *think/hope*)

I've never worked with .asp or .php stuff.... just the basics.

Edit: I run FireFox and the Pistol-favicon is NOW showing on the
* Browser-Address-line, but not on the Index-Tab... ??? hmmm
* When I tab to 'my page', I see the bullet in both places...
* I have IE.6.0.28 and it DOES NOT show the favicon-feature.
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Post by Bullseye » Sat Aug 20, 2005 8:13 pm

It's working when I save the address to my favorites but the favicon isn't showing up in the address window of IE. I'll get it, it'll just take a little time.

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[Edit - I think I'm on to something. The favicon appears when the IE address appears as a .php with no information displayed after the basic URL.]
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Post by toyfj40 » Sun Aug 21, 2005 7:02 am

Bullseye wrote:I'll get it, it'll just take a little time.
FYI. when I browse to: http://www.GunTalk-OnLine.com/
I am seeing the favicon in my FireFox(tm) URL line AND TAB
when I move to 'forums', the favicon remains on the URL line,
but the TAB shows a generic-"page" icon... (??)
Maybe the 'validator' link (in above post) might help...
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Post by Bullseye » Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:30 am

I'll give that a try. I see you found the web page that's going to support this forum. I haven't finished it yet. I'm still sorting out all the things I want that page to display.

The forum logo is also a hot link back to the main index page.

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