XML File Types

You can use the following settings to specify how SDL Trados Studio handles any of the XML file types.

See Find the Appropriate Dialog for a File Type for information on how to find the right dialog page.


Use these settings to...


Specify the items that are available on the applicable QuickInsert toolbar, displayed in Editor view.

Parser Rules

Specify the parser rules for this XML file type. Parser rules differentiate translatable from non-translatable text.


Specify additional namespace declarations for SDL Trados Studio to use when it processes a file.

Entity conversion

Specify how SDL Trados Studio processes character entities.

File detection

Provide rules for SDL Trados Studio to identify the type of XML by examining the contents of the file.

Writer settings

Specifies the UTF-8 BOM and xml:lang attributes in the target file.

Whitespace handling

Specify how SDL Trados Studio should treat whitespace.


Specify style sheets to transform the XML file into XHTML or other viewable format.

Tag Verification

Specify the checks that SDL Trados Studio does on tags, for example, check if tags have been inserted, deleted, or moved.

XML validation

Specify that SDL Trados Studio validates the XML documents it opens against the schema files that you specify.

Embedded content

Specify what is embedded content in an XML file and how that content is processed.

The Provided XML File Types

The following XML file types are included in SDL Trados Studio when it is shipped, and are displayed in the File Types tree list:

File Type

File Name Extension

XML: Microsoft .Net Resources





XML:W3C ITS Compliant










XLIFF file types are listed because XLIFF is a form of XML. However, SDL Trados Studio processes XLIFF files as a distinct file type, quite differently from the way it treats other XML files.



Related Topics

The File Types Display

Overview: Working with File Types

Finding the Right Set of File Type Options

Process Overview - Creating an XML File Type

An XML File Type Example