How to create an XML file


What is an XML file?

An XML (Extensible Markup Language) file is a plain text file that is used to store information. XML files are easy to use because they are both machine and human readable. Because they are stored as plain text, they can be created and modified using any text editor or a dedicated XML editor. Because the structure of the data in the XML file is created using tags defined by the file creator, an XML file is infinitely flexible and can be used for many different applications.

Video Kiosk and XML files

Video Kiosk uses XML files to store configuration data for a variety of Video Kiosk features. If you’re planning on using Video Kiosk XML file, please note the file extension for each file type:

Video Kiosk

  • XML Hotspot File [file extension is “.xml”, filename is the same as the corresponding overlay file]
    e.g. if Image Overlay file is “videokiosk.overlay.png”, then XML Hotspot file is “videokiosk.overlay.png.xml”
  • XML Playback Schedule File [file extension is “.schedule”, default filename is “VideoKiosk.schedule”]

Video Kiosk Widgets

 

Creating an XML file

An XML file must be created in Plain Text. To create and edit one, follow these instructions.

 

Mac – How to create an XML file using TextEdit on a Mac

  1. Open TextEdit
  2. Create your .XML file
  3. Enter the commands as documented in the Syntax Guide
  4. Format it as plain text (TextEdit > Format > Make Plain Text)
  5. Save your file and change the extension to “.XML” (TextEdit > Save)
  6. When it prompts you about the file extension, confirm “Use .XML”
  7. To use the xml file with Video Kiosk, ensure you change the file extension, if required. (For example, to use the xml file as a Video Kiosk XML Schedule File, change the file extension to “.schedule”, as noted above.
  8. If you need to edit the file, open it in TextEdit or another text editor

 

Windows – How to create an XML file using Notepad on Windows

  1. Open Microsoft Notepad
  2. Create your .XML file
  3. Enter the commands as documented in the Syntax Guide
  4. Save your file and change the extension to “.xml” (Notepad > Save)
  5. To use the xml file with Video Kiosk, ensure you change the file extension, if required. (For example, to use the xml file as a Video Kiosk XML Schedule File, change the file extension to “.schedule”, as noted above.
  6. If you need to edit the file, open it in Notepad or another text editor.


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