I have been searching perilously on a way to handle an xml element (with classic asp) that may or may not exist. It is also possible for this element to be empty if it exists. I try accessing it through the documentelement.selectsinglenode(...) method.<BR>when the element is empty or nonexistant, I get the "object required" error when I try to access the .text property of the object. Is there a way to handle this to avoid the error? Thanks in advnce for any help and or guidance you can provide.