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    Do you have any reason to believe the gaps matter? I don't know, but I'd think they don't.

    If it's just esthetics, remember that Google (or other SEs) will be going over the sitemap with software, not human eyes.

    When you submit a sitemap to Google it'll tell you (usually within 24 hours or so) if it can read it O.K. or not. They don't tell you what the problem is, if there is one, but they do tell you if it's O.K. or not.

    So I'd say try it the way it is and see what they say. You can always revise it or remove it if Google thinks it's not O.K.

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    Yes, I was thinking the same thing myself, to be honest. I guess it was just aesthetics and my being a Virgo.

    Haven't uploaded this WebMerge created sitemap yet but I'll let you know (for curiosity sake) whether it submits okay.

    Nice way of using WM for other purposes though, no?

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    First, Is the blank line in the code, or what is displayed on the page? Some times the way you have your index tags laid out, and the number of records in a database will affect the spacing of the links.

    As an aside, there are a couple of free site-map generators out there, that will build a page for you in G**gle accepted XML. Here's one:
    http://www.sitemapspal.com/#

    Just a thought.

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    This site map thing is interesting to me. But like my interest in adding RSS support, I'd need to find a few people who need this in WebMerge in order to make sure it does what people need.

    If you're interested in seeing a tool added to WebMerge that generates Google Site Maps and/or RSS feeds, please let me know. Adding this sort of support would be easy; the hard part has been finding people interesting in helping define how it should work for them.
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    Those XML generators are good but with only a top limit of 1000 pages or so, fall way short of my needs. In any case, I've had no problems whatsoever in using a weekly updated txt file over the months. Thanks anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkJH
    Those XML generators are good but with only a top limit of 1000 pages or so, fall way short of my needs.
    Why are they limited like that?
    The Google spec says up to 50,000 records are allowed (up to 10MB per file, with options for multiple files):
    http://www.google.com/webmasters/sit.../protocol.html

    If I add such a tool to WebMerge the only limit will be available RAM.
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    Why are they limited like that?
    All of the XML generators that I've seen have been ones run directly from websites. I guess the 1000 page limit is to do with bandwidth issues.

    Of course, an offline solution - such as an addition to WebMerge - would be unlimited... and great!

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    Anyone else looking for this? It'd be good to get more feedback so I can prioritize it appropriately.

    Thanks in advance -
    Richard Gaskin
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    yes.


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    FYI, had no problems (not really expecting any) with the txt sitemap.

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