A file with the XML extension consists of an Extensible Markup Language file, hence the acronym, which consists of a plain text file that uses a series of custom tags in order to describe both the structure and other characteristics of the document, or even, the behavior of a specific program.
Basically, XML consists of a markup language created by the W3C, in order to define a syntax for encoding documents that both users and the machines themselves may be able to read.
For this, the XML makes use of a series of tags that define the structure of the document in question, as well as how it should be transported and stored.
The XML file is similar to HTML (Another Markup Language), used essentially for the encoding of web pages, and that uses a set of predefined markup symbols that describe the format of the content of a web page.
However, one of the aspects that differentiates XML from HTML is that it is extensible.
XML does not have a predefined markup language, but rather offers the possibility for users to generate their markup symbols for the content description itself.
This means that creating a set of symbols that is characterized by being self-defined and unlimited, making the XML more versatile and customizable.
For this reason, in an XML file we find both labels and text, and the labels provide structure to the data.
An example of an XML file is found in the 2007 and later versions of Microsoft Office, which use it for the structure of the document itself.
That is why every time we save a document in Word or Excel, for example, the file extension will contain an 'X' at the end, for example XSLX or DOCX.
Working with XML files is pretty easy, even for beginners.
In fact, there are different methods available to open an XML file, since it is a plain text file.
In many cases it will be enough to open and edit it with a text editor, or it is even possible to open it and view it with the help of a web browser.
Typical XML application file locations:
- "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\INFOPATH.EXE" "%1"
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\Opera.exe "%1"
- "g:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /dde
- c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe /dde
- "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /dde
- "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\vsta.exe" /dde
- c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\vsta.exe /dde
- "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\vsta.exe" /dde
- C:\PROGRA~2\MIC273~1\WEB2~1\WEBDES~1\EXPRWD.EXE "%1"
Typical XML mime types:
Frequently used application names to open XML files:
Frequently associated Windows objects:
If you downloaded a XML file on Android device you can open it by following steps below:
To open XML File on iOS device follow steps below:
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