Component question

If have a component (in my case List) where my dynamic data (data between XML-tags) is published, instead of showing entire XML lista, is there any way to shorten data down that is published ?

at the moment, data that is published in List would look like this:
[COLOR=DarkRed]2007-11-12 07:13:40 some text[/COLOR]
instead, i need this kind of output:
[COLOR=DarkRed]2007-11-12 [/COLOR]

Here’s what i mean…
My xml-tree looks like this:

<mess date=“2007-11-12”>
<text> some text</text>

What ive done is that i made List to bind with <mess date="">.
The problem here is that everything under this tag (till end tag comes) is also published in the List.

If i bind list with <time> then the only message is show is between the time tag.

Since this XML contains php then this XML-tree will grow and it would be much easier to sort information if i only could publish just one time-tag / mess in the List component.