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.