Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Online XML Editor?

The Online XML Editor is a true cross-platform browser based graphical user interface (GUI) XML editor/viewer. It runs on your browser and does not need any plug-ins. All you need to do is to upload the XML files from your hard drive. Take a look at our online Demo.

How to upload an XML file into the Online XML Editor?

Click on the XML Editor command on the top Menu bar. Click the Browse button of the file selector to navigate your hard drive until you have located the XML file you want to view or edit, then click the Submit button.

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 downward triangle icon arrow down appears near the node. 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 upward arrow upimmediately 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 upward triangle icon arrow up. After you have clicked this icon the detail of this node will be hidden from the view, then the upward triangle icon will be change to downward arrow downagain.

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 Update Document link on the top of the Editor box. The Update Document link 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 save the XML document?

For security reasons, your browser does not allow any write access to your hard drive. So the Online Editor cannot save the updated XML document directly to your hard drive. You can use the View XML Source command to get a copy of the whole XML document and copy/paste to a local text file and save it. If you find this is not very convenient you can download a stand-alone version which provides an option to save updated XML document to hard drive.

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.