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Re: Thumbnail preview in firefox

  • Subject: Re: Thumbnail preview in firefox
  • From: Ed Mullen <ed@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 11:23:48 -0400
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Neredbojias wrote:
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I wonder if it's a mortal sin to covet thy neighbour's favicon?

People seem to hate it actually. I have received complaints (requests for removal, desire for a plug-ins that disables such motion). Its effect offline (when steering away) can be seen among the bookmarks, which is somewhat of a nuisance to most. I simply got used to it, but others have not because it stands out too strongly.

I'm a bit the other way. I like it at first but would surely tire of/grow annoyed with it in time, like mouse trails or marquees.


Speaking of favicons, last week I realised that Firefox 1.5 makes a
favicon-like preview/thumbnail for pages that are purely images. Same
for videos one day? Sounds on MouseHover?

I hope not; too many gimmicks. Basically, that's at least one reason why people disable javascript.


Nice page, btw.

Thanks for the compliment. *smile* I lost confidence in the odd design
of that page -- a design that goes back to late 2004.

FWIW, I put up instructions for animated favicons at
http://schestowitz.com/Weblog/archives/2005/12/05/animated-favicons/ .
I worked on this as soon as I had come across the first animated
favicon, so I might be among the first few thousands(?). It's rare and
unusual, so it leaves a mental mark, I think.
I'm sure the devil in me will make me check it out - strictly against my better judgment, of course. :)



It's interesting, at least from an academic standpoint. Not sure that I'd employ it on my site. Perhaps the best approach would be to make the animation cycle a specific number of times and then go static (as some of the following do). Still, some interesting examples:


http://www.google.com/search?query=animated%20favicons&num=50
http://www.999tutorials.com/tutorial-create-an-animated-favicon.html
http://www.pod1.com/
http://www.daredigital.com/
http://www.pokelondon.com/


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