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The problem is best described with an attachment which is attached.

Many Thanks ..

Chris Coleman.
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by:Geert Bormans
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replace the
<xsl:value-of select="."/>
in your named template

with
<xsl:copy-of select="node()" />
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by:ChrisColeman
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Well yes in principle, but perhaps I did not explain the problem particularly well.

In my attached XML the  nodes are <p>zzzzz<a href=''xx" ><xxxx<a>ssssss</p> etc, and your solution would certainly work for that.

But in the real XML of which there is a lot some of the paragraphs take the following format -

<z>zzzzz<a href=''xx" ><xxxx<a>ssssss</z>

i.e. They are not delimited with <p>  --- </p> there fore the delimiters will not translate into paragraphs.

I have found a 'dirty' way to do it by putting a marker (!sa!,!esa!)around the anchors and parsing out the string outside of the anchors and then reassembling the string to include the anchor tag.

<z>zzzzz!sa!<a href=''xx" ><xxxx<a>!ea!ssssss</z>

But that means editing all of my anchor tags which can be done but  its messy.

If there is a way to find the position of the anchor tag without using the markers I would be very happy?
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The problem is that you are using value-of on a node() that has child elements
You flatten the entire structure as a string.

Of course you don't need to put markers and all that. XSLT is sufficiently powerfull to rebuild the structure as it originally were

I made explicit templates for each node, and put a reconstructive (identity copy) template in a mode "inside-p"
Just make sure that you do an apply-templates in that mode for all nodes you want to keep the structure

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
    version="1.0">
    
    <xsl:template match="root">
        <xsl:apply-templates/>
    </xsl:template>
    
    <xsl:template match="treatments">
        <xsl:apply-templates/>
    </xsl:template>
    
    <xsl:template match="b0">
        <xsl:apply-templates/>
    </xsl:template>
    
    <xsl:template match="p0">
        <xsl:apply-templates/>
    </xsl:template>
    
    <xsl:template match="p">
        <xsl:element name="p">
            <!-- ID -->
            <xsl:attribute name="id"><xsl:value-of select="./@id"/></xsl:attribute>
            <!-- Name -->
            <xsl:attribute name="name"><xsl:value-of select="./@name"/></xsl:attribute>
            <!-- CLASS -->
            <xsl:attribute name="class"><xsl:value-of select="./@class"/></xsl:attribute>
            <!-- style -->
            <xsl:attribute name="style"><xsl:value-of select="./@style"/></xsl:attribute>
            <xsl:apply-templates select="node()" mode="inside-p"></xsl:apply-templates>
        </xsl:element>
    </xsl:template>
    
    <xsl:template match="node()" mode="inside-p">
        <xsl:copy>
            <xsl:copy-of select="@*"/>
            <xsl:apply-templates select="node()" mode="inside-p"/>
        </xsl:copy>
    </xsl:template>
    
    
    
</xsl:stylesheet>

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by:Geert Bormans
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And yes, we could help you a lot better if you asked precise questions
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by:ChrisColeman
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Yes my request was imprecise.

But your solution was impeccable and i am very grateful for that. I have been grappling with XSL for some time now bot find it a bit irksome; However the ''mode()" directive (?) has solved my problem and will allow me to do a lot more.

Many thanks.

<xsl:template name="paraBetter">
    <xsl:param name="do_paras" />
    <xsl:for-each select="$do_paras/p">
      <xsl:element name="p">
        <!-- ID -->
        <xsl:if test="./@id">
          <xsl:attribute name="id"><xsl:value-of select="./@id"/></xsl:attribute>
        </xsl:if>
        <!-- CLASS -->
        <xsl:if test="./@class">
          <xsl:attribute name="class"><xsl:value-of select="./@class"/></xsl:attribute>
        </xsl:if>
        <!-- Style -->
        <xsl:if test="./@style">
          <xsl:attribute name="style"><xsl:value-of select="./@style"/></xsl:attribute>
        </xsl:if>
        <!--
	        Possible Embedded Anchor.
	    -->
        <xsl:choose>
          <xsl:when test="./a">
            <xsl:apply-templates select="node()" mode="inside-p">
            </xsl:apply-templates>
          </xsl:when>
          <xsl:otherwise>
            <xsl:value-of select="." />
          </xsl:otherwise>
        </xsl:choose>
      </xsl:element>
    </xsl:for-each>
  </xsl:template>
  <!-- Allow Embedded Anchors ..  -->
  <xsl:template match="node()" mode="inside-p">
    <xsl:copy>
      <xsl:copy-of select="@*"/>
      <xsl:apply-templates select="node()" mode="inside-p"/></xsl:copy>
  </xsl:template>

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