desktopmenu future plans?

Jasper Huijsmans jasper at
Fri Nov 21 16:39:01 CET 2003

Op vr 21-11-2003, om 16:12 schreef Tuukka Mäkinen:
> I wrote:
> > The Freedesktop menu specification is... interesting. A bit overwhelming 
> > when some of the elements aren't specified too well. For example use of 
> > <and> and <or> is a mystery. Overriding previous elements might bring 
> > some extra challenge to parsing too.
> Just noticed that link to dtd in this page 
> is the dtd for menu.xml 
> instead of dtd for xml version of the standard. This is what I was 
> looking for. Now there's some change of understanding relations between 
> elements.

If you're going to write anything to parse the menu, be sure to check
out the menu-file testing utilities that are also somewhere on 

The easiest way to handle this, I think, is to make the system menu
read-only and have an editor for a local xfce menu, which should also
use the menu spec.

The editor could include a way to copy entries from the system menu into
the local, editable menu.

Just some thoughts,


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