If you need to quickly edit or browse XML files, even big complex ones, then you may want to download the freebie Microsoft XML Notepad 2007. It’s essentially a tree-view editor/browser, with nice search, move/nudge, drag and drop, and more. It also supports search and replace using regular expressions and XPath, and has a diff tool that you can use to compare XML files. And very cheap too, just download it!

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  1. I’ve been using "Beta 1.5" for a long time–I can never seem to find the download link when I want it. But I think it’s still up there I believe. I mention it only because the version linked above requires .Net 2.x. I don’t know–it’s just something I prefer not to install on all my machines.

  2. I just ran into serious problems using XML Notepad and ColdfusionMX7. I have an xml file that I created in Dreamweaver CS3. Everything was working fine until I opened the file in XML Notepad and made a small change. As soon as I uploaded the file and tried to parse it using XMLParse(), I got this error:
    "An error occurred while Parsing an XML document. Content is not allowed in prolog"
    …and sure enough when I viewed the xml in VI, XML notepad had added special characters before the opening node.
    Is there something I need to do to prevent this from happening? In the XML the opening declaration was:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

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