Sitemap.XML Validation

I'm new to web design/construction.  I've spent the last several months building my web site for my new company.  Now, I'm ready to launch.  So I've spent a fair amount of time reading through Google's webmaster conent in an effort to have my site indexed.  In doing so, I decided to build an XML sitemap.  I  uploaded the sitemap - and several days later Google informed me that several of my 49 pages contained  401/407 authentication errors.  Appearently, my sitemap incorrectly listed each page name with a trailing "/" (for example, as   instead of  So I corrected my Sitemap.XML file and resubmitted it ot Google.  Now, I'm wiating for Google's next move....and waiting.

Out of fear that my second attempt might also be flawed, I decided to look for a SiteMap validator (which you probably thinking would have been a wise move during PRIOR to my first attempt but like I said, Im new to this).  I went to  I entered my sitemap address - crossed my fingers - and received feedback that I cannot decipher.  The feedback says:

Schema validating with XSV 3.1-1 of 2007/12/11 16:20:05
"      Target: 
   (Real name:
    Length: 8305 bytes
    Last Modified: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 11:02:54 GMT
    Server: YTS/1.17.9)
"      docElt: {}urlset
"      No declaration for document root found, validation was lax
"      The schema(s) used for schema-validation had no errors
"      No schema-validity problems were found in the target
Low-level XML well-formedness and/or validity processing output
Error: Expected whitespace after public id
 in unnamed entity at line 1 char 55 of has no elements???
Schema resources involved
Attempt to load a schema document from (source: docElt) for, failed:

Can you take a look at my XML file and let me know what corrections I should make to the file?

Ken Milam
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Tony McCreathConnect With a Mentor Technical SEO ConsultantCommented:
Your sitemap looks fine.

The validation tool seems to be trying to load the specified namespace as an xml file which it is not, and does not need to be.

I reference the same namespace and my sitemap is accepted by Google

rkmilamAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick reply.
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