Microsoft released a beta of IE9 that supports pinning websites to the Windows 7 taskbar. It's a great opportunity for better branding and linking to the d.o site. It's dead simple code. It's just meta data in the head tag. Here's a start.

<meta name="application-name" content="" />
<meta name="msapplication-window" content="width=device-width;height=device-height" />
<meta name="msapplication-tooltip" content="Get involved with the community" />
<meta name="msapplication-starturl" content="/" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=My issue queue;action-uri=;icon-uri=" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Download;action-uri=;icon-uri=" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Documentation;action-uri=;icon-uri=" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=API Documentation;action-uri=;icon-uri=" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Forums;action-uri=;icon-uri=" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Groups;action-uri=;icon-uri=" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Planet;action-uri=;icon-uri=" />

You just drag & drop the d.o website into your taskbar, and voila!


sreynen’s picture

There's a long list of similar web extensions that are more widely used than this (e.g. iOS icons), and adding one of these would make it difficult to not add all of them, making the markup on a bloated mess. You can make your own .website file and pin without any of this markup. So I hope this doesn't happen.

kiamlaluno’s picture

Component:Redesign» Other
gdemet’s picture

Component:Other» Redesign
Status:Active» Postponed

Yeah, I'm not convinced that we should jump on a new set of non-standard extensions introduced in a beta browser quite yet. If they become widely adopted, then I can see where it might be useful to support them on d.o.

momendo’s picture

#1, a couple hundred bytes isn't a bloated mess. It's possible to do a server-side detect for IE9 to prevent it from showing at all on other browsers. This code isn't introducing any iOS meta tags.

#3, Agreed that IE9 is still in beta and non-standard. I don't think "msapplication-task" is ever going to be widely adopted by other browsers. Maybe you mean IE9 reaches > 30% market share? That will probably happen in the next two years. I'm betting IE9 adoption will be swift due to its HTML5 support and GPU acceleration. Meanwhile, I think it makes sense to support this feature *sooner than later* in the redesign. has it.

greggles’s picture

@momendo, #3 didn't say that this was a bloated mess. He said that the eventual result of the precedent this would set (adding similar, browser/plugin specific tags for other devices) would be bloated. And he's right.

Gerhard Killesreiter’s picture

Status:Postponed» Closed (won't fix)

The only status is the "won't fix" one. We'll not join Microsoft in perverting the net again.

momendo’s picture

Status:Closed (won't fix)» Active


IE9 is released to the public.

I'd like to see some discussion on the links provided and afterwards, what kind of icons we could use for each. The prettier the better.

Dave Reid’s picture

Status:Active» Closed (won't fix)

I believe "If they become widely adopted, then I can see where it might be useful to support them on d.o." still stands.