We use a sybase database and use ODBC to link to the tables with access.

the address data is put in via a web form from all over the world.

We seem to get ODBC call failed messages to some of the addresses.

I believe that the character set used locally for their language is causing
the problem and the odbc driver cannot recognise the unknown characters to
convert so gives up

do any of you know a solution to this problem.

SQL advantage seems to be able to read the tables better although it still
converts characters.

thanks in advance

Gary Partridge