Let Google Earth notify you of KML errors

This post is a tip for people who work with KML a lot and generate KML from sources other than Google Earth. This could be programmers generating KML through code, people manually creating KML files by hand (a tedious job, but doable), or people getting KML from third party applications.

Google Earth has a setting called ‘KML Error Handling’ which decides what to do when opening a KML file with errors or features that Google Earth does not recognise. It is well worth keeping this set to ‘show prompts for all errors’ to double-check that you are producing good KML. It won’t catch all problems, but it can catch issues that you might otherwise overlook.

If you don’t care about KML errors then it is best to keep the setting on ‘Silently accept all unrecognised data’ as having Google Earth notify you of every error can be annoying, especially if you have an error in something in your ‘Places’, as Google Earth will warn you every time you open Google Earth. In addition, one of the built-in layers in Google Mars contains some KML errors and will pop up a message every time you switch to Google Mars.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. I wish they told us that the radar layer got dropped

  2. Bob Jordan says:

    There were also a bunch of errors in the old imagery update kml file that reappear every time you start GE with this feature enabled



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