shaunm - 7:42 am on Aug 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thanks for answering and explanation :-)
do you mean that you snipped the rest of the URLs to post it here?
Yes, there are 1800 URLs in it, I just cut them all after the homepage URL and added the closing URLSET tag at the end to make it a one URL XML sitemap so that I could post it here.
That's what I was trying find here. This is a new site which came through a recent acquisition. So, I cannot get to connect to the web dev team to see if the XML sitemap on the site is automated. I am checking it on my own to find if it's automated(the script is updating it regularly) or generated once(and never updated after that)
Most sitemaps are generated by use of an installed script and automatically update when a new page is added
They don't normally carry the script in the header, this one looks like it was not correctly installed, if I had to guess. A defective sitemap would be giving you errors in your Webmaster Tools accounts.
I checked it with almost all the XML validators, XML sitemap checkers online but the result was OK. So, when I move to the XML path at example.com/sitemap.xml and click on the page and save it to my desktop as XML file, the script is not there.
It's a .NET site on the IIS server.
So, can I assume that this sitemap is auto updated because there is a visible script at the top and no online tools find it to be invalid?