CLEARLY a day when I am doing something stupid that I cant see....
Driver error then.
Yes.... checked both of those. Looks like it was some file corruption in the end. An ExecuteSQL staement was giving the right answer - but not the valuelist when sorted by Unicode.
Very interesting question ... if only I knew what you are talking about!
I know Unicode, I know BOM I know value lists and sorting, fm2 thru 13 ...
But what is the Unicode BOM sorting trick?
And it is a solution to what problem?
I guess I just wasn't around when it was being an issue ;-)