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Example: Specifying a Root Element for the XML Generated by FOR XML

By specifying the ROOT option in the FOR XML query, you can request a single, top-level element for the resulting XML, as shown in this query. The argument specified for the ROOT directive provides the root element name.

USE AdventureWorks2008R2;
GO
SELECT ProductModelID, Name 
FROM Production.ProductModel
WHERE ProductModelID=122 or ProductModelID=119 or ProductModelID=115
FOR XML RAW, ROOT('MyRoot')
go

This is the result:

<MyRoot>
  <row ProductModelID="122" Name="All-Purpose Bike Stand" />
  <row ProductModelID="119" Name="Bike Wash" />
  <row ProductModelID="115" Name="Cable Lock" />
</MyRoot>

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