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   Re: Proper extension for XML files? (don't laugh!)

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: 17 May 2000 16:53:12 -0400

Charles Wiltgen <lists@wiltgen.net> writes:

> (Apologies if this is so simple to be a stupid question!)
> We're using XML in a couple ways in an application we're doing.  Is the
> preferred convention to use .xml as the file suffix, or our own suffix
> depending on the flavor?

There's nothing stupid about this question (unfortunately), because
browsers are already starting to look at XML-related extensions.  For
example, if a file ends with .dtd, MSIE will assign it a MIME type of
text/xml (which means that it will not display because a DTD is not,
in itself, well-formed XML).

If you want browsers to recognize your data as XML and try to display
it with a stylesheet, choose .xml; if not, choose something different.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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