This is the cost you pay for community driven open standards. Everyone has their own idea about what's best and everything gets thrown in the pot. The Linux Distribution Timeline is still my favorite image of what happens when you create an open platform. The W3C should have a way to refine the standard and remove unnecessary duplication, but I doubt that would ever happen.
I'm so mad right now for forgetting to bookmark a link where someone accuses the W3C of being a shill for Google, Microsoft, and Facebook.... and they had spectacular arguments
I read something similar from the Pale Moon devs (first paragraph)
Thanks @catalin This reminds me of the XKCD
Unfortunately (or fortunately) those companies have the most to lose if the web and browsers don't go the way they want.
And the app icons list is incomplete, tbh...
Yeah, but in this context (a website), you really only need a few sizes, if that. It’s not like most websites should assume people are going to add them to their iPhone or iPad home screen.
I think the point stands — icons are pretty difficult to get right. I just wouldn’t bother with the full set of 11 iOS icon sizes and 16×16, and 32×32 and the IE/Edge sizes.
Is there any sort of consensus on what the "minimum" you can get away with is?
As someone who just makes fairly small scope websites that are unlikely to end up on anyone's home screens or even on those fancy IE/Edge tiles, I've been content to only have an SVG logo in my
<link rel="icon">and call it a day. I didn't want to waste time with all this fussing around, but I'm wondering if I should at least do some.
Unfortunately, SVG favicons are only supported in 17% of browsers globally. Meantime, we still have to provide
These are the sizes I supply.
- 16×16 Used many places
- 32×32 Used many places
- 144×144 IE/Edge pinned site
- 152×152 iOS and Android
- 180×180 iOS and Android
Until a day of better standards, i have found this tool to be nearly painless: http://realfavicongenerator.net/
I discovered in while poking around on some codrops templates and it has proven very useful.