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Remove Chinese Characters from Excel Spreadheets used as input

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Hello All.

I have an A2K application that reads surveys that from Excel worksheets, and tabulates the reponses for further analysis.  This app has been up and running for the past 2 years. The problem arose when the questions were translated into Chinese and place below the English text.  The following method is used to copy the survey into an Access table:

    DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet acImport, acSpreadsheetTypeExcel8, _
            strTableName, strSpreadSheetPath, False, "A1:V133"
    LoadSpreadSheet = True

The Chinese characters are translated into a string of "?"  of various lengths.  One problem is that a question mark signifies the start of the tabulation process.  I've tried ignoring a series of question marks, but some stray characters still remain.  Can I change the default character for unknown symbols?  Actually, I am open to any idea that will allow me to process the surveys as before, outside going through each survey by hand and removing the Chinese translation.)

Many thanks,
Deb
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