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Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

Is there a blackberry equivalent to apple's "apple-touch-icon"; I'm just looking to make that icon that shows up on the home screen look nicer.

 

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Re: Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

Anyone?  The blackberry blog is somehow doing this, but I can't figure out how.

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Re: Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

Are you referring to BlackBerry 6?  On 5.0 you could not bookmark a page to the desktop.

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Re: Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

I'm referencing BB6.

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Re: Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

At the moment it doesn't support the apple markup.

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Re: Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

Ok, that's not what I'm asking.  i was asking what the equivalent to the apple-touch icon on BB is?  I know it must exists because if you place the BB  blog on the home screen, they are somehow specifying the icon. 

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Re: Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

I believe it is done the same way as setting an icon in the address bar of a browser... here is an example:

 

http://www.chami.com/tips/internet/110599i.html

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Re: Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

Uh, no it's not.  The short cut icon or whatever you want to call it, is 16x16 and the blackberry browser uses it to create a merged icon of a screenshot with the icon in the lower corner.  However, the blackberry blog is overriding this behavior with a high quality image that then appears on the home screen (same behavior is iOS and Android).

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Re: Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

You're right.. I was mistaken..

 

You can either put an icon file named apple-touch-icon.png in the root of your webserver domain, or add <link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/custom_icon.png"/> to your page.

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Re: Adding WebSite to Home Screen Icon

Thanks! Note for others looking at this thread, the reason I ran into trouble is that apple supports a couple of different touch icons (so does android).  If you don't want apple to "gloss" the icon you use  rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed".  However, after you posted this info it appears that BlackBerry does support apple's touch icon, it just doesn't support apple's precompose icon.  So you can do this:

 

<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png" /> 
<link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" href="apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png" /> 

 

This seems to do the proper thing on each platform.  Having the link second for the iPhone/iPad seems to tell it to follow the precomposed directive and not gloss; and now BB is grabbing the "apple-touch-icon" (which it doesn't gloss anyway).