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I know site definitions are built using xml with different tags in them, but until now I thought Site Templates are in XML format as well containing latest settings of site definitions but in fact they are not, I tried to open file in NotePad and seen something like this,

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I wonder what language is it and how its stored in SharePoint Configuration Database of that specific web app.

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I wonder where are these xml files located? –  Falak Mahmood Jan 24 '13 at 23:01
    
Above file is part of Web template which I downloaded from a solution gallery of a site collection with extension ".stp" it normallys gets stored in content db so maybe above language is something related to database way of saving contents of a site collection I guess :) –  Muhammad Raja Jan 25 '13 at 7:54

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