> why dont you use // > the XPATH documentatio states > > //para selects all the para descendants of the document root and thus > selects all para elements in the same document as the context node The match attribute of xsl:template is a match pattern, not an XPath expression. In XSLT 1.0, match="g" matches exactly the same elements as match="//g". There's a slight difference in 2.0, because match="//g" will only match g elements that are in a tree with a document node as its root - which means the processor has extra checks to do in this case. Similarly, select="./@name" is precisely equivalent to select="@name". Michael Kay
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