So this morning, I was reading the PI's Microsoft blog and noticed this post: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo in 'SiteMaps' pact.  Cool!


So I went to the Live Search blog post mentioned in the PI article, and went to the Sitemaps.Org site.

I was curious, so I clicked on the protocol link, and found the protocol page.

The very first example of a sitemap was (as of 10:20 PST on November 16, 2006):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="">    <url>



What's wrong with this XML?

Come on guys.  At least make sure your protocol examples are correct before you go live with a major announcement.


The good news is that it appears that only the first sitemap example given on the site has the problem.

Comments (7)

  1. Peter Ritchie says:

    No closing url tag, for shame.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ha 🙂 Glad to see I wasn’t the only one who noticed.

  3. Anonymous says:

    ahhh… I’ll bite:

    Larry Osterman: Flattening the World ->

    …  I’ve had enough "**wierd**" things happen (strange Outlook behaviors, etc) that I decided it would just be safer to reset the world.

    It’s **wierd**, I’ve not reinstalled an OS on my of my machines in a VERY long time (at least a couple of years now), it felt strange.

    Proofreading… yeah…

  4. I blame Windows Live Writer – I’ve gotten used to the squiggly lines.

    And I never said I was perfect.  On the other hand, they rarely issue press releases about my blog content (thank goodness).

  5. Anonymous says:

    The closing url tag is missing just before the closing urlset tag. Well spotted Larry, your skim reading is better than mine ;-( I hadn’t spotted it when I glanced at it earlier.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That’s not quite as bad as the Frontpage advertisement that was bragging about their new, cleaner code… and the HTML that they wrote in the ad was malformed.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Larry

    Just a quick message to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year. You have certainly deserved one after this last year.

    Missing your blogging – my favourite by a long way.



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