XHTML File Extension

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Extensible Hypertext Markup Language Format

What is XHTML file?

Files that comprise of the .XHTM format holds the web pages that have been written with the help of the .XHTML syntax. This format is basically offering an enhanced version of the HTML4, which is just anther approach to writing the web pages that make use of a modified HTM version.

This .XHTML file format makes use of tags as the HTML format, but the .XHTML pages conform to tougher XML guidelines as compared to the HTML pages. The reason behind is that the .XHTML documents have to be well-informed, have to parse using the HML parsers, while the HTML files make use of the more versatile HTML-exclusive parsers.

Programs which support XHTML file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with XHTML files, divided into 5 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with XHTML extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

How to open file with XHTML extension?

Problems with accessing XHTML may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Extensible Hypertext Markup Language Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with XHTML files.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Internet Explorer

Problems with opening and working with XHTML files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with XHTML files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Internet Explorer or different compatible program, such as Web browser, Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Dreamweaver. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Internet Explorer website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft Internet Explorer and update if needed

You still cannot access XHTML files although Microsoft Internet Explorer is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why XHTML files are not compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer. The latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Internet Explorer to XHTML files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate XHTML files with latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the XHTML file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Microsoft Internet Explorer installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open XHTML files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with XHTML extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Microsoft Internet Explorer and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with XHTML extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the XHTML is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper XHTML file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. The XHTML may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the XHTML is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the XHTML file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the XHTML file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic XHTML file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with XHTML extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Extensible Hypertext Markup Language Format file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Internet Explorer

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with XHTML extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Extensible Hypertext Markup Language Format files. It may be the case that the XHTML files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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