Re: [xsl] Unanticipated Results from text()

Subject: Re: [xsl] Unanticipated Results from text()
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 22:06:31 GMT
> I rely heavily on leading blanks of to original text.
yes but they are not affected by white space stripping, as they are in
the same text node as non-white space. mxsml's stripping, like xslt's
only affects text nodes that are all-white.

msxml doesn't actually remove the text nodes, it leaves a secret marker
recording that a text node was there (but not its value), and when
serialising the node, it (usually) inserts a space at that point.
This means that of you xsl:copy-of a branch of the input tree, very
often space appears to be preserved in the result as these hidden
markers get copied, but if you apply-templates and acually costruct a
new tree rather than copying the original, all record of the origial
space is lost.

an MS developer writes about this in this old thread


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