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Trying to merge the fields OrderField1 and JobType into the OrderField1 field.  
So if
OrderField1="PW" and jobType="Generic"

The end result would be OrderField1="PW-Generic"
OrderExport.xml
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
    version="1.0">
    
    <xsl:template match="node()">
        <xsl:copy>
            <xsl:apply-templates select="@*"/>
            <xsl:apply-templates select="node()"/>
        </xsl:copy>
    </xsl:template>
    
    <xsl:template match="/order">
        <xsl:copy>
            <xsl:apply-templates select="@*"/>
            <xsl:attribute name="OrderField1">
                <xsl:value-of select="@OrderField1"/>
                <xsl:text>-</xsl:text>
                <xsl:value-of select="job/@jobType"/>
            </xsl:attribute>
            <xsl:apply-templates select="node()"/>
        </xsl:copy>
    </xsl:template>
    
    <xsl:template match="@*">
        <xsl:copy-of select="."/>
    </xsl:template>
    
    
</xsl:stylesheet>

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by:Geert Bormans
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The only tricky thing in the template is the

           <xsl:apply-templates select="@*"/>
            <xsl:attribute name="OrderField1">

where you would have two attribute definitions of OrderField1 in a row,
but the second overwrites the first, so order is important
(assuming XSLT1)
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Ok, thank you, looks like its moving in the right direction.  The only gap in my knowledge is how do I link the code with the xml.  Should there be a reference in the xsl?  Should the code be in the xml document?  Should the xsl file be in the same directory?  Is there a reference in the xml document pointing to the xsl document, etc?
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XSLT will transform XML into something else, could be XML as is the case here.

Making a reference to the XSL from within the XML only works if you need rendering in a browser, so you can't do that here

You need an XSLT processor, something that takes the XML, and the XSLT and returns the result XML

You need to tell me where you want to build that in, in a programming language? As a command line process? Basically one way or another you need to execute the XSLT against an XSLT processor
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I guess we could use VB.Net or something.  I was hoping that XSLT could do this transformation.  I will attach my 2 files.  They produce nothing yet.
OrderExportTest1.xml
OrderExportTest1.xsl
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well, your XSLT works perfectly on your source document

BUT as I said before, the xml stylesheet processing instruction is only usefull when you want to render in a browser

If you can use VB.net
http://www.codeproject.com/Questions/597678/ApplyplusXSLplustransformationplusonplusXMLplus-pl
google for vb.net + xslt, you will find a zillion of examples on how to do that
(I myself am not a VB developer)
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I'm getting a completely blank browser with those files - tried in IE, Firefox and Chrome.
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Do you read what I write?

I told you twice allready that that won't work

I have tested the XSLT with a number of XSLT processors... the XSLT simply works

But if you use a xml-stylesheet instruction (which as I said only works for rendering the transformation result in a browser) you will see nothing. The reason is simple. Your target XML has a number of tags, but none are known html tags. Browsers ignore the elements they don't know, means that each browser will ignore the transformations result and show you a blank page. No surprise there

If you need the XML result as you put in your question, this implies an XML end result... well, then a browser can't help you
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Do you read what I write?  I love it.
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