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XMLPI generates an XML processing instruction using identifier and optionally the evaluated result of value_expr. A processing instruction is commonly used to provide to an application information that is associated with all or part of an XML document. The application uses the processing instruction to determine how best to process the XML document.

The optional value_expr must resolve to a string. If you omit value_expr, then a zero-length string is the default. The value returned by the function takes this form:

<?identifier string?>

XMLPI is subject to the following restrictions:

  • The identifier must be a valid target for a processing instruction.

  • You cannot specify xml in any case combination for identifier.

  • The identifier cannot contain the consecutive characters ?>.

See Also:

Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide for more information on this function


The following statement uses the DUAL table to illustrate the use of the XMLPI syntax:

SELECT XMLPI(NAME "Order analysisComp", 'imported, reconfigured, disassembled')
<?Order analysisComp imported, reconfigured, disassembled?>

The following fragment instructs the application (for example, a browser) to display the XML document using the cascading stylesheet test.css:

<?xml-stylesheet type="text/css" href="test.css"?>