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Hi:

I've created the query below:
SELECT o.OrderID AS "Order/OrderID",
   o.OrderNumber AS "Order/OrderNumber",
   o.BillToFirstName AS "Order/BillToFirstName",
   o.BillToLastName AS "Order/BillToLastName",
   (Select p.Amount from ac_Payments p where p.OrderID = o.OrderID FOR XML PATH ('')) AS "Order/Payments/Amount"
FROM ac_Orders AS o
   INNER JOIN ac_OrderItems as oi
   ON o.OrderID = oi.OrderID
WHERE o.OrderID=104
FOR XML PATH ('O'), ROOT ('Orders'), ELEMENTS;

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Works well, except for one issue.  The output of the result (below) seems to include the Amount tag twice, and the second instance shows the HTML code instead of the actual greater than, and less than signs.

How do I get rid of the second instance of the <amount> tag?

<Orders>
	<O>
		<Order>
			<OrderID>104</OrderID>
			<OrderNumber>104</OrderNumber>
			<BillToFirstName>Jean</BillToFirstName>
			<BillToLastName>Denny</BillToLastName>
				<Payments>
				<Amount>&lt;Amount&gt;39.4400&lt;/Amount&gt;</Amount>
				</Payments>
		</Order>
	</O>
<Orders>

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Question by:W2Market
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Steve Wales earned 2000 total points
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I don't claim to be an expert in XML and of course, I don't have your database to test this with but it would seem that this might work:

SELECT o.OrderID AS "Order/OrderID",
   o.OrderNumber AS "Order/OrderNumber",
   o.BillToFirstName AS "Order/BillToFirstName",
   o.BillToLastName AS "Order/BillToLastName",
   (Select p.Amount from ac_Payments p where p.OrderID = o.OrderID) AS "Order/Payments/Amount"
FROM ac_Orders AS o
   INNER JOIN ac_OrderItems as oi
   ON o.OrderID = oi.OrderID
WHERE o.OrderID=104
FOR XML PATH ('O'), ROOT ('Orders'), ELEMENTS;

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You were already turning the Amount from ac_Payments into XML and then applying XML on top of already XML output.

Try that and let us know.
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by:W2Market
ID: 38755238
Perfect.  Thanks for your help!
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