As of PHP 5.1.6 with libxml 2.6.26 and DOM/XML API version 20031129, importNode() does nothing if attempting to import from the same document. Meaning, if you do an $ret = importNode and then appendChild($ret) or insertBefore($ret, ...) then you will end up *moving* the node instead of ending up with a copy.
If you expect importNode to give you a copy of the source (in this case, a deep copy) then you must account for them being from the same document. This function addresses this:
// Import $b into $a's document
function myimport($a, $b)
$temp = new DOMDocument();
$ret = $temp->importNode($b, TRUE);
return $a->ownerDocument->importNode($ret, TRUE);
return $a->ownerDocument->importNode($b, TRUE);
(Function was freshly coded for this note but I based it off another, working function of mine.)
This function checks if the documents are the same and uses a new document (guaranteed to be different this way) to force a copy into $temp and then force a copy back into $a->ownerDocument.
Obviously, no error checking has been done.