Delphi 2.0 Edit Mask / Index Problems

The EDIT MASK characters of > and < causes the input to be shifted to
the right. The mask should force uppercase or lowercase input.
For example: "this is a test" appears as "tset a si siht"

To reproduce::
        Right click a Table component
        Select Fields Editor
        Right click the fields editor
        Select a character base field
        In the Object Inspector select the Edit Mask Property
        Enter a > in the input mask
        Type something in the test field

Using dBase or PDOX files with Expression Index results in multiple
problems:

     You are unable to create a Master/slave relationship in the
     Table properties.

     You are unable to use the FindKey method to do a search.