[whatwg] <link rel=icon width="" height="">

Martin Atkins mart at degeneration.co.uk
Wed Apr 30 10:32:49 PDT 2008

Ian Hickson wrote:
> (With my rarely-used Google hat on:)
> The Gears team has an API that allows authors to specify a set of icons:
>    http://code.google.com/apis/gears/upcoming/api_desktop.html
> They used a scripted API, but when I tried to get them to use a 
> declarative API, they said that the main reason they used a scripted one 
> is that the declarative options didn't have a way to specify dimensions.
> This is a proposal to add "height" and "width" attributes to <link> 
> specifically for the case of rel=icon, so that authors can provide 
> multiple icons and let the UA decide which to use based on their size 
> (without having to download them all to find out which is best).
> Opinions?

I recall that another group[1] in a similar situation were considering 
something like the following:

<link rel="icon" type="image/gif; width=24, height=24" href="...">

Presumably the above would be more the bailiwick of the MIME standard 
than the HTML standard, but this seems cleaner to me than adding some 
special-case attributes to the html LINK element.

[1] Sadly, I cannot remember which group it was at the moment.

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