GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- In search of a way to reach year-2000 compliance without completely overhauling their information systems architecture, some companies, such as Spartan Stores here, have opted to use windowing -- a technique that allows computer programs to read two-digit dates well into the next millennium. The year-2000 dilemma causes computer systems to incorrectly recognize dates past Dec. 31, 1999. Windowing is an interim solution that enables a computer to regard certain years ...

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