XSD File Extension

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XML Schema Definition

What is XSD file?

XSD file contains formal description of XML document elements data definitions saved in XML text format. XSD file contains set of rules which a XML files must follow to be considered a proper XML file. The file doesn’t have an unique Internet Media Type identifire as it is the same type as XML - ‘a pplication/xml’ or ‘ text/xml’. XSD file can have its data organized into so called namespaces. Main schema components are:

  • Element declarations,
  • Attribute declarations,
  • Data types – simple or complex, based on restrictions, selection list, or primitive types,
  • Macros, that is reusable groups of elements or attributes,

XSD specification was developed in 2001 with the help of W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) organization. XSD format offers more features than similar DTD document defi n ition format. XSD specification document is divided into 3 parts:

  • Part 0. Primer contains general description of the standard and basics, commonly consulted by less technical users working with XSD,
  • Part 1. Structures,
  • Part 2. Datatypes.

Parts 1 and 2 are many pages long and written in technical language. Second version of the specification was released in 2004, and XSD 1.1 has been approved by W3C in 2012. XSD files are used for storing metadata for XML documents, but they can also by used by developers for generating code or document descriptions in human-readable form.

Programs which support XSD file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support XSD files. Files with XSD suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support XSD file

Updated: 12/10/2019

How to open file with XSD extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening XSD files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with XSD extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft XML Notepad

Problems with opening and working with XSD files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with XSD files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft XML Notepad or different compatible program, such as EditiX, Stylus Studio, Microsoft Visual Studio. 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 XML Notepad website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft XML Notepad

If you already have Microsoft XML Notepad installed on your systems and XSD files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. 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 XSD files are not compatible with Microsoft XML Notepad. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft XML Notepad.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft XML Notepad to XSD files

After installing Microsoft XML Notepad (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open XSD files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the XSD file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Microsoft XML Notepad installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open XSD files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected XSD file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select Microsoft XML Notepad and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with XSD extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the XSD file is complete and free of errors

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 XSD file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Verify that the XSD in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the XSD 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 scanner detected that the XSD file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Ensure the file with XSD extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the XSD file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with XSD extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the XML Schema Definition file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft XML Notepad

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support XSD files. Close all running programs and try opening the XSD file.

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with XML Schema Definition files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the XSD files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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