Google, MSN ,Yahoo and ASK have announced uniform support for a sitemap submission to all search engines.
Simply by adding the following line of code into your robots.txt file, the engines will know where your sitemap is located on the server and pick it up on their routine crawls.
Obviously, replacing the URL above with the URL of your sitemap index file. Neither of these announcements was specific but looking at the example provided by Yahoo this does appear to support sitempas exported into an XML file, not just an HTML file.
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