Re: XPath - excluding specified childNodes from result
> XPath expressions return a set of nodes from the original tree. They can't > modify the tree in any way. The <a> node in your document has a <c> child, > and there is nothing any XPath expression can do to change that. The > expression /document/a doesn't actually include either the b or c elements > in its result set, but the a that it returns is the original a, with its > children intact. Thanks for the replies all. I suspected something like this might be the case based on my research and feable attempts but I was hoping failure thus far was down to my XPath nievity, thanks for clarifying. I was hoping to solve the problem just using XPath rather than performing an operations on the result, maybe there is another solution? The example I gave represents an HTML document that I've no control over, each node is a text node and I was hoping to get the entire text string, minus the text contained in child node 'c'. Is it somehow possible to iterate all nodes within a specific path and concatenate their text content? Conditional on the node not being 'c' ? I've read about a few of the string functions but it's a little beyond me to figure out at the moment. Thanks again. Steven
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