Hello,<BR><BR>Does starts-with work in MSXML3? I&#039;m using the following namespace:<BR><BR>&#060;xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-xsl"&#062;<BR><BR>and when it gets to my starts-with line it fails (unknown method). When I used this namespace:<BR><BR>&#060;xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"&#062;<BR><BR>Everything worked inside of my XML editor but not in IE, so I have a feeling I need to move to some other function to determine the first character of my node. Does anyone know of a reliable way to determine the first character in a node value?<BR><BR>thanks!<BR><BR>(Thanks Tamara for getting me on the right track)