November 12, 2006

IE7 Faviconix

One of the changes in IE 7 is in the way favicons are handled. No longer are favicons requested and displayed only by the action of a user bookmarking your site; if a favicon is present, IE 7 will display it in the location bar.

IE 7 also displays favicons in tabs, matching the branding opportunity long enjoyed by Mozilla-based browsers like Firefox and Camino as well as the Opera family. If your clients haven't been favicon aware, they are sure to become so shortly. Be proactive and include favicons as part of your design deliverable.

The change in favicon request triggering has further implications -- some stats packages report bookmarking by correlating Internet Explorer favicon requests; as IE7 displaces IE6, these reports will become meaningless.

I've updated the Favicon Support Chart to include not only IE 7, but also Firefox and updated Opera info. Earlier favicon implementation and troubleshooting tips can be found in the Oct 2003 Information Gift article Faviconic.

Posted by Lewis Francis at November 12, 2006 6:36 PM

I can see the favicon for one of my websites in IE6 and Firefox but not IE7. Strange. The link to the favicon is set up exactly like yours. I tried re-adding the site to my favorites but it didn't help.

Was wondering if anyone else is experiencing this. (I can see the favicon for this site in IE7 so don't know why it won't show up for my site.)


Posted by: Pam at December 12, 2006 4:23 PM

Hi Pam, you may have a corrupt version in your cache -- try deleting IE 7's favicon cache and see if it renders then. Check the troubleshooting section in my Faviconic article for more info. Hope this helps.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at December 12, 2006 8:52 PM

Wikipedia now has an article on favicons which, as usual, is well worth checking out.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at December 29, 2006 5:50 PM

Hi -- please add the Web Browser for S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1, which has favicon support. This is in the new Nokia N95, the announced Nokia N76, and will be in all future versions of our open-source based browser!

Posted by: Franklin Davis at March 23, 2007 4:03 PM
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