Raw XML files can be viewed in all major browsers.
Don't expect XML files to be displayed as HTML pages.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<body>Don't forget me this weekend!</body>
Look at this XML file: note.xml
The XML document will be displayed with color-coded root and child elements. A plus (+) or minus sign (-) to the left of the elements can be clicked to expand or collapse the element structure. To view the raw XML source (without the + and - signs), select "View Page Source" or "View Source" from the browser menu.
Note: In Safari, only the element text will be displayed. To view the raw XML, you must right click the page and select "View Source"
If an erroneous XML file is opened, some browsers might report the error, some may display it incorrectly.
Try to open this XML file in Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, and Safari : note_error.xml
Viewing some XML documents will help you get the XML feeling.
An XML CD catalog
This is a CD collection, stored as XML data.
An XML plant catalog
This is a plant catalog from a plant shop, stored as XML data.
A Simple Food Menu
This is a breakfast food menu from a restaurant, stored as XML data.
XML documents do not carry information about how to display the data.
Since XML tags are "invented" by the author of the XML document, browsers do not know if a tag like <table> describes an HTML table or a dining table.
Without any information about how to display the data, most browsers will just display the XML document as it is.