Importance of xdg specifications

Daniel Stone daniel at
Wed Dec 8 13:09:55 EET 2004

On Fri, 2004-12-03 at 08:49 -0500, Chas Honton wrote:
> 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 
> users.
> Additionally, thanks to everyone for the tremendous effort in restoring 
> the xdg website.

Thanks very much, your words are appreciated

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

There are two people working on restoring the standards site at the
moment, but in the meantime, you can find a copy at .


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