Re: XPath related query
All that said, you could write a more manageable XPath that will work on your sample, but only if you're very confident that you know for sure which types of properties will be serialized with element nesting, as most are in your sample, and which with references, as the "cites" properties are.
Presumably this could be handled (in an XQuery or XSLT context) by writing the XPath expression in terms of functions that handle both representations of a relationship.
Michael Kay Saxonica
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