> self::preceding-sibling/person"/>. The syntax for an axis is (in the basic case) axis::name and finds all elements called name on tha axis, so the above uses the self axis (which just has the current node) and finds all elements called preceding-sibling then finds children of that called person (It is an abreviated form of self::preceding-sibling/child::person in other wirds if teh current element is called preceding-sibling it finds its children called person, otherwise it is empty. If you want preceding sibling's called person that is preceding-sibling::person but I think you want preceding-sibling::section/person Note that preceding-sibling::section selects _all_ preceding siblings, and preceding-sibling::section/person selects all their children, but if you use xsl:value-of it will (always) just take the first selected node in document order. I think you want the _immediately_ preceding sibling, so that woul dbe preceding-sibling::section/person David ________________________________________________________________________ This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star Internet. The service is powered by MessageLabs. For more information on a proactive anti-virus service working around the clock, around the globe, visit: http://www.star.net.uk ________________________________________________________________________
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