Adds a copy of the current node to the result tree.





The copy includes the current node's namespace information but does not include the current node's attributes or children. The contents of the xsl:copy element is a template for the attributes and children of the node being created. If the current node cannot have attributes or children (that is, if it is an attribute, text, comment, or processing instruction node), the content of the instruction is ignored.

If the current node is the root node, the XSLT processor does not create a root node. Instead, it uses copy_contents as a template.


Following is an example from the W3C XSLT Recommendation. It generates a copy of the source document.

<xsl:template match="@* | node() ">
    <xsl:apply-templates select="@* | node() " />


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