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How Can I Open a File With Xml Extention in a Readable Format?

by nForms on May 9, 2012

I requested a document from my insurance company and it was sent to me by email, as a xml file. I tried to open it by IE browser, MS Word, Excel, note pad, but it opens as codes. I need to print this document, is there any way to open it in a readable format? thank you for your time.

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psydude256 March 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

XML stands for eXtended Markup Language. It’s like HTML, but it uses standard coding techniques for non-standard markup. It’s awesome for programs to save files in, but unfortunately, unless you have the original program that saved it, you’re just going to have to look at a bunch of code.

You’ll have to tell your insurance company to send it in another format, or find out which program they used to encode it. Maybe they can send a PDF?

David D March 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

XML is a generic means of writing data formats.

That is to say, you can write mathematical equations using MathML (which is an XML dialect), or web pages using XHTML (another XML dialect) or images in SVG (another … you get the picture?). To read them you need a MathML viewer, a web browser and an SVG viewer respectively.

You need to find out what the data format actually is, and find a program that understands that format.

Your insurance company might be able to help you with that – since they provided the data in the first place.

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