How do I associate styles to my sitemap.xml page?

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I have the sitemap.xml page which is automatically generated by Yola and has been successfully used to add to Google Webmaster Tools. So that's great.

The issue is I want to add a link to this page from my website, but it is in raw XML and isn't suitable for humans to look at (only web spiders!).

As it says at the top of the page: "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it." Indeed, hence it only being raw XML. Here is my page: http://www.santas-hampers.co.uk/sitem...

So my question is, how DO I add style information to this page? Any ideas?
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Charlie

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Crystal, Champion

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Hello Charlie,

Often websites have two site maps - one for the search engine crawlers (the one auto generated by Yola) and one for their internet customers.

To restyle the search engine site map would likely hinder the search engine crawler since most of the search engine site maps are in a standard format.
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Charlie

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Not necessarily - the whole point of XML is the content is separate from the CSS (the stylings) and given that this is used by every site built over the last 5 years or so it shouldn't be a problem for search engines.

However I'm guessing from what you're saying Yola doesn't have a way to add stylings to this page, so might as well build one manually.
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Hi Charlie,

You are correct, you would need to create a separate page for that manually.
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Charlie

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OK thanks for letting me know.