Namespace Support in PATH Mode
Namespace support in the PATH mode is provided by using WITH NAMESPACES. For example, the following query demonstrates the WITH NAMESPACES syntax to declare a namespace ("a:") that can then be used in the subsequent SELECT statement:
WITH XMLNAMESPACES('a' as a) SELECT 1 as 'a:b' FOR XML PATH
These samples illustrate the use of PATH mode in generating XML from a SELECT query. Many of these queries are specified against the bicycle manufacturing instructions XML documents that are stored in the Instructions column of the ProductModel table. For more information about the XML instructions, see xml Data Type Representation in the AdventureWorks Database.