“Favicon seeded web surfing” by Liu and Owen

  • ©Feng Liu and G. Scott Owen




    Favicon seeded web surfing



    Since icons were first used as a favorite bookmark, the favicon, a multi-resolution image, has started to be included on nearly all professionally developed web sites. Many web browsers such as recent versions of Internet Explorer, FireFox, and Opera support favicons by displaying them in the browser’s address line. Most of the time, a favicon design reflects the look and feel of the web site or the organization’s logo. Extending the basic use of the favicon, in this research we use favicons as seeds for user centered web surfing. The results of this project are listed as follows. First, a default page with a collection of categorized user favicons is automatically generated. Once the default page is set as the homepage, users can open their browser and directly go to a website by clicking on a favicon. Second, an interactive dynamic favicon page will be implemented. Users may choose the different patterns and interactively categorize the icons. Third, by taking advantage of the 16×16 pixel icons, an XML based homepage will be generated for mobile devices.  

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