Why is the output file always...

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When I click the 'Create Map' button I am allowed to select a file name for the HTML output.

Why doesn't the program also change the name of the XML output to the name I entered?

For example, I choose the file name products.html, but the XML output is still put into sitemap.xml.
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That is because the search engines dictate that the file name always be called sitemap.xml
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Jim, when you submit your sitemap to google, it has to be in the xml format.
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I don't think it's the "xml" part he's questioning Eric, I think it's the name of the file itself being "sitemap" instead of products.xml which he named the html file to. Either way, what Scott answered pretty much nails it, the sitemap.xml file is created "for" the search engines rather than for our use because the search engines require an xml file, and because they require it to be named sitemap.xml

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