in reply to Converting very nested XHTML to XML
Not knowing what your original XHTML looks like, I can only provide a general XSLT. In the following, I assume each row in a table either contains a table or a td which is the name (your tags may vary). This allows xsl:apply-templates to recursively call the table template.
<name><xsl:value-of select="." /></name>
Here's a more complete example.
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