Knowledge Base

File Extension XHTML

The file extension XHTML is associated with developer files which are created using Hypertext Markup Language or HTML. HTML is used to create web pages and other components which can be viewed in the online environment and is written in a markup language which conforms to ISO (International Standards Organization) standard publishing language for the World Wide Web.

XHTML stands for Extensible Hypertext Markup Language and is a document type which is XML based and is used as a language for content which must conform to XML (Extensible Markup Language) with integrated HTML 4 user agents. Extensible Markup Language uses HTML tags and maintains the quality of HTML while retaining commonly used features. The commonly used features are kept while complex features of HTML are removed to make the design of various software applications more cost effective. XML also allows for the easy introduction of new element attributes while XHTML modules accommodate the new attributes.

XHTML files are a web file type which stores XHTML documents that have been written to perform more efficiently than the conventional HTML document model. The XML based documents can be immediately accessed and viewed using Extensible Markup Language tools. The documents can also be integrated with a variety of XHTML environments.

How to Open XHTML Files

Since the file extension XHTML can be opened using multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. XHTML files consist of web files which are easily viewed in the online environment, so you may already have a program which will open the file.

The most common way to open and view XHTML files is by using a web browser application with any type of operating system such as Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX, or Linux. XHTML files can use virtually any web browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, and many others. The files are viewed simply by visiting a website which has XHTML incorporated into the publishing language.

Another easy way to open and view the contents of XHTML files is by using any text editing application since the files are commonly created in plain text format. If you are using Windows, you can open XHTML files with WordPad, Notepad, TextPad, Open Office Writer, or Microsoft Word. For Mac OS X, XHTML files can be opened using Apple TextEdit, MacroMates TextMate, BBEdit, or MacVim. For the Linux operating system, you can use AbiWord, gEdit, GNU Emacs, Nano Editor, or Vim to open and view the contents of XHTML files.

If you are using Windows or Mac OS X, you can open the file extension XHTML using Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, which is a web development application that is part of the Adobe CS6 Creative Suite of applications. You can also use Adobe ColdFusion Builder 2, which is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that assists with building ColdFusion applications. ColdFusion is a method used for building dynamic and interactive web page content. Both applications are available for download on the Adobe website.