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What is Favicon and what is its purpose?

First, we want to introduce you to the meanings of word Favicon. It has become very popular in recent times among webmasters. A favicon is otherwise known as a shortcut icon or bookmark icon. It is associated  with a specific web site or web page and located on the left side of web addresses line. It can be displayed on the Favorites Menu too, more precisely next to the name of your site in a user`s list of open tabs and next to the site`s name in lists of bookmarks.  Now it is supported by many web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozzila Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari. In this way, webmasters can promote their web sites or the logo of their organizations.

Which browsers support Favicon?

At first, favicon was a file called favicon.ico and it was placed in the root directory of web site. ICO files have its own special format. This file is used to adjust the image to location and computer’s color compatibility. The image can be adjust by extending, compressing or changing color. As each web browser uses a different interface, favicon is using in different ways in each of them. Internet Explorer still support just .iso files, while other web browsers now support also GIF, JPEG and PNG image formats. These icon files can be 16×16, 32×32, 48×48, or 64×64 pixels in size, and 8-bit, 24-bit, or 32-bit in color depth.


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