how to get a simple text string as results of a XQuery with Saxon

With Saxon (& tagsoup parser) command-line I launch this xquery to extract a number out of an html page:

 declare default element namespace '';

The result "correctly" show the answer:
 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
 <span xmlns=""

However I just want that cleaned "2" as simple text string.
How can I modify the XQuery or the command line Saxon switches to just get the simple text string?
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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectCommented:
set the output method serialisation

declare option saxon:output "method=text";

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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectCommented:
it is also not a bad idea to make it explicit that you need the text nodes

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