Thanks for all this.
I took a look around and went to www.favicon.com - they’ve got some instructions, and a lot of sales pitch, on how to do it.
In the end I downloaded IconForge from their site for a free 7 day trial and created an icon. Infact, 4 icons:
one which is 16x16 with 16 colours
one which is 16x16 with 256 colours
one which is 32x32 with 16 colours
and one which is 32x32 with 256 colours[/list]
It turns out that an .ICO file is a repository for multiple images - Windows then picks out the size and colour depth that it can support, so in the Favourites list of IE5 and 6 it picks 16x16, but if you drag the page link from IEs navigation bar to your desktop it’ll use the 32x32 icon.
All very clever really.
By the way, just changing the filename extension from .BMP to .ICO isn’t enough, although it’ll look OK locally in Windows Explorer, it won’t work with Favourites.
And then all you have to do is, as you have said, is copy the file favicon.ico to the root of your web site: www.yoursite.com/
IconForge, by the way, seems to want to give the filename extension in UPPERCASE (.ICO), but I had problems with it being recognised by my favourites list unless I renamed the extension in lowercase (.ico). It may just have been me, but then again, who knows!!
To test your icon, make sure your site isn’t in your favourites list, if it is, delete it and then close all instances of IE. Then start IE again. Then add your site to your favourites list. It took a couple of goes (as if there was a timne delay) but now it works.
And to see the results of all my efforts you can bookmark a couple of sites that I have done it to:
I’m not trying to pitch these sites at you, I just wanted to share my wonderful artwork!!! (OK, so what can you do with 16x16 pixels!!!)
Thanks again for all your help and I hope my write-up helps out anyone else looking to make a favicon