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Merchant Center Feed DTD?

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I'm using the XML RSS 2.0 format to submit our merchant center feed for product ads. I build the file using PHP and I'd like to validate the XML file after I've created it. The PHP XML validate method requires a DTD to be specified in the feed.

 

Does anyone know if Google do or do not have a DTD for this..? 

 

 

 

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Re: Merchant Center Feed DTD?

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there is no public dtd for the most recent xml;

all the xml submitted is google-defined.

 

google uses an extended form of atom and rss --

standard forms of atom and rss will not be accepted;
google's modified (extended) form of rss or atom are

required and outlined in the help articles
http://support.google.com/merchants/bin/answer.py?answer=160567
https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/1344057

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188494

 

that is one reason why we ended up writing our own feed validation.

 

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Re: Merchant Center Feed DTD?

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there is no public dtd for the most recent xml;

all the xml submitted is google-defined.

 

google uses an extended form of atom and rss --

standard forms of atom and rss will not be accepted;
google's modified (extended) form of rss or atom are

required and outlined in the help articles
http://support.google.com/merchants/bin/answer.py?answer=160567
https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/1344057

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188494

 

that is one reason why we ended up writing our own feed validation.