We know that some struggle to maintain, for example, the 'flash-menu.xml' files that define the menus on a process library site's homepage; even though XML is a text format, not everyone is comfortable editing it.
Notepad++ is a free text editor with extensive enhancements in comparison to Microsoft's Notepad, included in Windows.
Notepad++ can help by colour-coding an XML file's content for easier readability, and with the numerous features of its XML Tools plugin.
Download the files by clicking on the 'XML Tools' link here: http://tinyurl.com/mheofew
The ZIP will contain these files:
'Language' > 'XML'
<menu name="Level 1 - Sample 1">
'Plugins' > 'XML Tools' > 'Check XML syntax now'
For example, a homepage that doesn't display a menu suggests an error in the XML of the site's 'flash-menu.xml' file.
'Plugins' > 'XML Tools' > 'Pretty print (XML only - with line breaks)'
Note that this is a change to the file, adding extra whitespace, unlike the application of colour-coding, which is just a different way of presenting the content.
These are just some of the features of Notepad++ that can facilitate the maintenance of text files, such as XML files. There are so many more, which makes it a very popular utility here at Triaster, and indeed with many of our customers.
A version of this article is on our Knowledge Base.