Importance of xdg specifications

Chas Honton chonton at
Fri Dec 3 15:49:45 EET 2004

Yesterday I was going to write some Java code which examined aspects of 
.desktop files.  I looked for the
Desktop Entry Specification and found that it was not available at  I 
looked for it in the CVS tree and couldn't find it.  Then I did a google 
search for desktop entry spec.  Every hit points back to the freedesktop 
website (which currently has inactive links).  Even gnome and kde 
documentation points back to

This made me realize how important the work of freedesktop participants 
is.  Thanks to everyone who has had a hand in creating an xdg 
specification.  Your work makes a big difference to developers and end 

Additionally, thanks to everyone for the tremendous effort in restoring 
the xdg website.

Could someone please send me an active link to the Desktop Entry 


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