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The solution is actually just posted above - use ForceArray => 1 when you do XMLin(); The mechanism is as my title suggested: as long as you force a reference out of the value, that value will be treated as element instead of attribute when XMLout writes it out.

Here's the set of options that I found the best (for my usage, and probably for general usage) for XML::Simple:

my $obj = XMLin($filename, ForceArray => 1, ForceContent => 1, KeepRoo +t => 1, ContentKey => '_c', KeyAttr => []); open(OUT, ">$filename-1"); print OUT XMLout($obj, KeepRoot => 1, ContentKey => '_c', KeyAttr => [ +]);
Hope it helps.

In reply to You need to force a reference, otherwise XML::Simple folds simple elements into attributes by inq123
in thread XML::Simple "transforming data" by Grundle

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