Questions tagged [xml]

XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a set of rules for encoding documents in machine-readable form. It is defined in the XML 1.0 Specification produced by the W3C, and several other related specifications, all gratis open standards.

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How does client side XML+XSLT affect SEO?

I have a site that is built completely in XML and is transformed by a single XSL file. How does this affect SEO? Is it possible to store page-specific metadata? Will robots see the transformed page (...
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Is incorrect to have the HTTPS version of the sitemaps.org URL in the xmlns sitemap schema?

I have the schema with this: <sitemapindex xmlns="https://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"> Is it correct or should be: <sitemapindex xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0....
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Is a different sitemap per language OK? How do I tell Google about them?

The website is very, very large and I have created: sitemap_fr.xml sitemap_en.xml sitemap_es.xml Is this solution OK? If so, do I have to insert a tag to inform Google about the different sitemaps?...
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Linux HTML/XML W3C Validation Utilities

What programs can I use to validate HTML/XML markup? Basically, I want a local, command-line based, version of W3C HTML validation service (like lint) that I can use for detecting errors. Update I ...
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Google Webmaster Tools says my XML sitemap “appears to be an HTML page”

We're running a lot of sites and we've started to get a lot of these errors in Webmaster Tools: Sitemap is HTML Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format ...
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HTML5 `html` `xmlns` attribute

Is xmlns appropriate in HTML5? <!DOCTYPE html> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> ... </html> Also, which is preferred, <!DOCTYPE html> or <!doctype html>?
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Is there a way to save MS Word document as HTML w/o the ms proprietary stuff?

So normally I wouldn't use this feature ("Save as Web Page") but I have large documents from clients they just want put on their site as HTML, and formatting it all by hand seems like a waste of time. ...
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Schema.org hierarchy as XML

I am intersted in using the Schema.org hierarchy to help users define "things" that they add to my custom CMS. For example if they wanted to add a "person" to my CMS, they would have to add all the ...
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Sitemap XML version vs simple text (urls list) version, do you know what are the pros?

I usualy submit simple text urls list as sitemap on Google webmaster tools. It's just a matter of simplicity, a simple text file is lightweight, easier to read also for humans (actually for me). :) ...
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What is the meaning of a link rel file-list in the HTML head?

I little while ago I saw a website with the HTML code: <link rel="File-List" href="index_files/filelist.xml"> The content of the file is: <xml xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:...
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How to update an RSS Feed?

Let's say we have a similar RSS feed like here. Where should I be inserting the new content? And, should all the articles be listed in an RSS feed?
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Crawlers that generate sitemaps only find one page on my site despite being allowed to crawl by robots.txt

Having a real problem here, I've tried lots of services to sort this including http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ as well as software and a PHP script. Basically my domain is http://gamingdeluxe.co.uk/ ...
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IIS XML encoding seems to be wrong

We are moving our web application from Apache 2.0 to IIS 7. Everyhing is fine with UTF-8 encoding, but just one thing. There's a flash movie in the page that reads an xml content (dynamically ...
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Why is the sitemap validator returning an error for the “lastmod” tag?

The sitemap of my company's brand's website seems to be fine when I look at it at first glance. I don't particularly see any errors as such. However, SEMrush, the SEO tool, reports that our sitemap is ...
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Generate a sitemap automatically, does it need to be XML?

I want to create an XML sitemap (for the sake of SEO), my first attempt to achieve this was by including the website main menu/navigation links using <?php include ("assets/includes/menu.inc"); ?&...
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sitemap.xml file extension, does it have to be .xml?

Do XML sitemap files have to end with the .xml file extension? On the Bigcommerce platform, their XML sitemap file are defined as: http://www.examplesite.com/xmlsitemap.php The sitemap file is all ...
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HTML5 and facebook Graph API

In order to use the "og:" meta tag of Facebook Graph, I need to add the following to the tag: xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:og="http://opengraphprotocol.org/schema/" xmlns:...
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What tool to use to modify HTML file structure

I have HTML files with all sharing the same structure. Something like this: Body Table tr1 ... (more nested tables) tr2 ... (more nested tables) ...
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Webpage Post Submits vs AJAX?

Which is better and why? I can see where a site that works 100% in AJAX might optimize a bit better, due to not having to reload the page on each click. But I am a huge fan of the big submit button ...
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ampersand (&) sign in sitemap generating error

I have ampersand sign in urls and Google is not able to parse my sitemap.xml due to this. I can't remove the sign but i have to submit my xml to google. Is there any solution for this.
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updated posts in my RSS feed

Should I put in my RSS feed posts that I've updated or I'll just update it but don't put it my RSS feed? (considering RSS feed contains latest 10 posts).
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Prevent Google from seeing “svg” as a content keyword without using .htaccess

Is there a simple way to do this without using "X-Robots-Tag: noarchive" and robots.txt ? Because in some shared hosting packages it is not possible to modify this kind of values. I have came across ...
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Why did Yoast put a no-index tag in my XML sitemap?

I recently removed an SEO plugin from my WP site and replaced it with Yoast. I made some other changes to the site as well, adding no-index to my category pages. I just tried inspecting the new ...
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Sitemap for multiple language site

I have a multiple site. For example: English language page: mysite.com And mysite.com/en Farsi language page: mysite.com/fa Japanese lanuage page: mysite.com/jp The content posts in English ...
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Backend admin interface with multiple web services [closed]

What is the easiest way to receive data from different web services (Shopify, Amazon Marketplace Web Service, CRM applications, social media platforms, etc.) for an Internet retailer who wants to be ...
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Serve up syntactic XHTML5 using the text/html MIME type?

I have a site currently written with HTML5 tags. I'd like to be able to parse the site as XML, with support for namespaces, etc, to facilitate programmatic extraction of data. Currently I have <...
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XML Video Sitemap for embedded YouTube videos - anyone done this successfully and if so how?

This is poorly documented by Google and has been hotly debated by SEO's but has anyone actually done it? There is no info. on Google Webmaster Forums although they recommend that a person does ...
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Google Webmaster Tools complains about invalid namespace in my sitemap

I'm having trouble defining my sitemap to Google's liking. I'm having a hard time testing this, because I can only test the validity of our sitemap using Google Webmaster Tools, when the newest code ...
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Sitemap.xml generates 404's for URLs with single quotes and commas

I'm going to try and keep this as terse as possible: when it comes to single quotes and commas in the URL, I'm damned if I encode and damned if I don't. If I leave the single quote unencoded in the ...
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Restrict Google's Custom Search autocomplete list

Is it possible to use an XML file to force Google's Custom Search to suggest only the terms in the XML?
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When I'm delivering a page with the XHTML mime type, should I use XML DOM or HTML DOM?

I prefer using the XHTML mime type for pages, instead of HTML, and serve a different mime type to IE, but when I do this, should I use XML DOM or HTML DOM?
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Most invariant URI to refer to a HTML5 element from w3.org?

If one is in a situation where you are required to use a URI (simple strings would not do)...how would you refer to the concept of an HTML5 element ("div", "li", etc.)? As a starting point for what ...
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XML for video sitemaps: What value is expected for element “id”, “type”?

We've got an XML sitemap listing all of our magazine articles and videos, if the article contains a video. However, we got error messages in Google Search Console for the element "id" ("An unambiguous ...
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href lang annotations in xml sitemap file displays issues

Following Google guidelines for creating an sitemap.xml file to add a href lang annotations, I'm getting display issue when viewing the sitemap.xml file in my browser. Instead of looking like a ...
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Add multiple payment options in Google Product feed XML

In my Google Product feed I have both Visa and MasterCard listed as accepted payment methods. Is it possible, and is there any benefit, in adding the remainder of my payment options; American Express, ...
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How do I correctly add index page to xml sitemap - do I need a canonical expression?

When I create an xml sitemap using an online sitemap creator, it adds the following <url> <loc>http://www.mysite.co.uk/</loc> <lastmod>2017-09-26T18:03:59+00:00</...
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How do search engines index XML-based websites?

I'm talking about the kind that transforms XML into (X)HTML on the client side. We all know that search engines use semantics in HTML (headings, links) to rank your website. So if you don't already ...
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xml sitemap structure

I have been arguing a point and would like a second opinion. The basic point of contention is as follows: We have a site X with a sitemap index file located at: http://www.x.co.uk/sitemap.xml ...
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Are there security risks involved in moving from a CMS that uses SQL to one that uses XML?

I've used a lot of content management systems in my day (drupal, wordpress, joomla, etc.) and they have all been database driven using MySQL. While the security updates for many CMS offerings out ...
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Is there a default or required filename and location for an Open Search file?

Is there a default/required filename for the Open Search? Like search.xml or opensearch.xml or is every name allowed as long as the reference from the HTML link-tag is correct? Also, can it only be ...
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Sitemaps & <link rel=… for quad-directional websites

I realize there are many similar questions, but I think this consolidates multiple points of confusion. This question follows from the great advice given here. I have a site that has a separate mobile ...
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Multiple SQLite3 Databases In A Single Web Application Viable?

This question was voted inappropriate for stackoverflow, so I'll ask here. I'm considering designing a CMS where content is centered around what the users submit. Built on polyglot, php, sqlite3 for ...
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Need to encourage google to refresh robots.txt [duplicate]

My old robots.txt is User-agent: * Disallow: / Is blocking me for uploading a new sitemap and also blocking me for fetching robots.txt manually. I don't know what to do.
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How do I get a list of all the URLs from multiple sitemaps which are listed using an index sitemap?

I have a gz index sitemap file that lists 4 different sitemaps that each are 50mb big. What I want to do is I want to get all the URLs in those 4 sitemap files. I tried to use https://robhammond....
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How to create and submit multiple sitemaps into categories?

I have a questions. I need to know how to create and submit multiple sitemaps into categories? This is for a big online auction site with a lot of products that needs to be indexed.
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Using XML in a Flex Website to Improve SEO

I've got a Flex 3 site called www.brainpinata.com that's a trivia game. Basically, everything in the site is pulled from a database-- the questions, choices, and answers. So, unfortunately, Google ...
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How to create 32 crores pages XML sitemap for HTML website [closed]

I have created an HTML website having 32 crore pages on it. this is a flight booking website. Now I want to create an xml sitemap for this and implement
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Hosting sitemap files on a subdomain [duplicate]

I have a website lets say xyz.com for which i have the sitemap index at xyz.com/sitemap.xml Within the sitemap index file there are multiple sitemap links which are hosted on a subdomain of xyz.com ...
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A sitemap index needs to be in the website root, but do the referenced sub-sitemaps also need to be in the root?

My Website have to split on three Sections , Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 .Now build Three articles which explain how install Virtual Box on Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 , therefore ...
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How to fix xml and php live search [closed]

Hi i have been wondering on how to make a live search on my movie website and im trying to do it without a database. So i decided to go with php and xml. These are my code so far. please help me fix ...