Re: Unanticipated Results from text()
The Microsoft XML parser strips whitespace text nodes by default. (Indeed, when running in IE from an xml-stylesheet PI it's impossible to prevent this.)
I use xml-stylesheet PI and if the xml is served to IE this is how the XSLT is initiated. However with <xsl:output method="html" indent="yes"/> I found IE _is_ preserving the whitespace while with indent="no" the whitespace gets striped. I cannot say for sure how the MS XML parser works, but if you think about "conditional comments", it may be possible, that parsing is done in more than one stage.
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