LookupCombo Does not display Text for database starting with <

When giving a user the option to select data via a lookupcombo I alway include a record incase the users choice is not already populated on the database. In this case I force the user to type in an additional field.

Using xdataset and a lookup I find that the record is displayed as a blank.

Aby sujestions please

Can you please provide more details about your setup, with real code and specific property settings?