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What is eXtensible markup language (XML)?

XML (eXtensible markup language) is a scripting language that allows programmers to define, or 'markup', specific properties of a document.

XML sitemaps

The most common use of eXtensible markup language is in XML sitemaps. These are XML files that allow search engines to discover information about the urls on a website that are available to index. XML sitemaps give webmasters control over how search engines view the content of their site.

XML sitemaps are not intended for end users; they are intended only for search engines.

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