[xsl] Selecting last text() from fragment of unknown depth?

Subject: [xsl] Selecting last text() from fragment of unknown depth?
From: "Adam Desaulniers" <avalonsunsplashtech@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2005 08:19:32 -0800
With this template

<xsl:template match="submission.excerpt//node()/@*|submission.excerpt//node()">
<xsl:copy><xsl:apply-templates select="./@*|./node()" /></xsl:copy>

have I made it impossible to also transform (inline) the last occurring textnode beneath submission.excerpt/node()?

So far all my recursion attempts (looking for node()[last()][self::text()] at each level) have yielded 3 variations: *only* the last text(), everything *except* the last text(), or the whole thing and then the last text() appended again.

<xsl:when test="./node()[last()][self::text()]">
		<xsl:apply-templates select="./@*|./node()[position() != last()]" />
		<xsl:value-of select="./node()[last()]" />...
	<!-- look again next level, etc -->

It's meant to take an XHTML string (truncated from db then made well-formed again by PHP5's loadHTML method) and replace the end of the last text() -- after the last occuring space character -- with an ellipsis, which I've now heard 3x is 'impossible' in XSLT 1.0 but it's not official till I've heard it here.

Undying gratitude,

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