I'm implementing hreflang on my web app.

Google does not mention anything on https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en

But they use it (trailing slashes) on their own Sitemap.


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Does it make any difference at all?


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XML, which XHTML is, requires self-closing tags to have a closing slash.

In a URI, a trailing slash indicates a directory resource.

In a URI, no trailing slash indicates a resource; such as a file.

On a top level domain, such as https://example.net/, browsers will drop the closing slash but I can't think of the details at the moment.

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