Today, with the help of beta testers, Michael actually tracked down a bug that was only happening to our users with Hebrew or Greek versions of Windows 2000. So we installed Hebrew Windows 2000 on our handy dandy VMWare machine to debug it...
The bug? One of the libraries we were using was using Chr(255) as a separator character in lists. This got mapped through the Hebrew and Greek code pages to a different character (y umlaut was mapped to plain y).
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