[New] Desktop Preferred Applications Specification

PCMan pcman.tw at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 23:24:14 PDT 2009

Currently there is no consensus on how to specify default programs,
but many existing desktops are using the same way, the defaults.list.
The proposed "Desktop Preferred Applications Spec" doesn't aimed to
solve this problem, but it provides a cross-desktop way which can work
with existing specs. Once there is a common way to specify default
programs for file types, all of them can work immediately.

On Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 2:08 PM, Daniel Bo<daengbo at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 2:52 PM, PCMan<pcman.tw at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi list,
>> To solve the issue that every desktop environment has its own way to
>> specify default web browser and terminal emulator, I wrote a new spec
>> to create a cross-desktop mechanism for this. This spec works by
>> extending existing XDG specs and only requires minimal changes to
>> existing systems without breaking backward compatibility. Besides, it
>> can work in an desktop independent way, and can work with existing xdg
>> tools like desktop-utils.
> Can we please please please (with sugar on top) get a mechanism for
> specifying different default view and edit apps for each file type?
> Viewing and editing pictures, docs, and videos are not the same
> function (a.k.a. "open").
> Dan

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