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Invokes a named template.

Available in XSLT 1.0 and later versions. Available in all Saxon editions.

  • Category: instruction
  • Content: xsl:with-param*
  • Permitted parent elements: any XSLT element whose content model is sequence-constructor; any literal result element


Name of the called template, must match the name defined on an xsl:template element.

Notes on the Saxon implementation

Until 9.6, Saxon supported an alternative instruction saxon:call-template, but this has now been dropped. This had the same effect as xsl:call-template, except that it allowed name attribute may be written as an attribute value template, allowing the called template to be decided at run-time. In place of this facility, XSLT 3.0 offers higher-order functions.


To supply parameters to the called template, one or more xsl:with-param elements may be included. The values of these parameters are available to the called template. If the xsl:with-param element specifies tunnel="yes", then the parameter is passed transparently through to templates called at any depth, but it can only be referenced by an xsl:param element that also specifies tunnel="yes". If the default value, tunnel="no" is used, then the parameter value is available only in the immediately called template, and only if the xsl:param element specifies tunnel="no" (explicitly or by defaulting the attribute).

The context of the called template (for example the current node and current node list) is the same as that for the calling template; however the variables defined in the calling template are not accessible in the called template.

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