HTMLGoodies Community Mentors: HTML FAQ

By Vince Barnes

HTML Frequently Asked Questions




How can I let people viewing my page download files, making the windows download box appear?


Create a link to the file that you want people to download. For instance if it were a Zip file that you were offering for download and it was in the download folder it would look like this:
<a href="download/">Click here to download</a>

Your browser will automatically realize that this is a downloadable file and trigger the download dialog box. The only problem that might arise is if the file is a Microsoft Office or PDF file. Then it might open in the browser itself.

If that is the case then you could either compress the file into a Zip file or you could give instructions to right click on the link and choose "Save target as...".





Some websites show a small graphic logo in the MSIE address bar, instead of the standard IE "e on a page" logo (Netscape does not show the alternate logo in its address bar). How can I get my site to put up a logo in the address bar?


What you are seeing is Favicon. It is a 16x16 image that when linked correctly in your HTML code, it will show up in the address bar. You can make your own Favicon and then upload it to your site. In the HEAD section of your HTML code you would link to it like this:
<LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="/favicon.ico">

Take a look at this site:
It will explain the whole process and it even has an online editor so you can create your own Favicon.


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