Frequently Asked Questions

What is the xmlGrid.net Online XML Editor?

The xmlGrid.net Online XML Editor is a Web 2.0 cross-platform browser based graphical user interface (GUI) XML editor/viewer. It runs on your browser and does not require any plug-ins. You can directly copy and paste your XML data to the input box or use your browser's file opener to select the XML files from your local file system. Take a look at our online Demo.

How to load XML data into the Online XML Editor?

You can choose one of the following three ways to load the XML data into the XML Editor:

Input Box.This is the fastest way to load XML data. You just copy and paste your XML data directly into the Input Box and click the Submit button. The online XML Editor will be launched instantly.

Open File. You choose this way if you want the Online XML Editor to read the data from your local file system. Click the Open File button a standard browser file opener will be launched which allows you to navigate to the XML file you want to work on. After you have selected the file, click the Submit button.

By URL. You choose this way if the XML data resides on a web server. You can load virtually all kind static web pages. There is no restriction of the file type as long as the data is well formed. The online XML Editor works with some kind of dynamic web pages. The dynamic web page that requires cookies cannot be loaded into the XML Editor.

How to save updated XML data?

After you have made any changes to your XML file, an icon will appear on top of the editor box. You can click this icon to save your updated XML data. For security reasons, your browser does not allow any write access to your hard drive. The Online Editor will use browser's download function to send the XML document to you. You will be prompted to save this file. You original XML file will not be altered.

How fast is the Online XML Editor?

It is very fast. Almost all the XML parsing, mapping, data presentation and editing are actually done in your computer. It only takes a very little time for the server to prepare your XML file. If you use the stand-alone version it would be even faster.

How to expand an XML node?

If an XML node has one or more child nodes, attributes, or comments then this node can be expanded. You will see a little triangle icon appears to the left of the node name. Click on this icon, this node will be expanded one level deep into the node tree. You will see the little triangle icon changed to immediately after the node is expanded.

How to collapse an expanded XML node?

Sometimes you don't want all the nodes expanded in order to have a better view of the XML document. An expanded node can be easily collapsed by clicking on the icon . After you have clicked this icon the detail of this node will be hidden from the view, then the triangle icon will be change to again.

How to edit the content of the XML document?

Place the curser on the field that you want to edit, double click the field. You will see the field becomes editable, then you can make the change of the content. After you have done the change, move the curser out of the field you will see the color of the content of that field becomes red. All the modified fields will remain in red color until you click Save Document icon on the top of the Editor box. The Save Document icon will not show until there is at least one modified node.

How to view the XML source code?

You can view the source code of a node by right click on a node name. A small command menu will pop up. Select the Show XML Source command, then a text box will pop up which display the source code of the node and its children. If you want see the source code of the whole XML document, simply perform this command on the Root node. You can close this text box by clicking the Close link on the top left corner.

How to find the path of an XML node?

You can find the path of an XML node to the document root. Right click the name of the node you are interested, select the Show Path command. The path will be displayed in a small pop up box.