Searching for elements starting with 'A'

I need to be able to return all of a document type begining with ‘A’. I have tried the following X-Query but nothing is returned:

_xql=service[description=“A*”]

the description element has a Standard index and records exist that should be returned. The response is :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1" ?>
<ino:response xmlns:ino=“http://namespaces.softwareag.com/tamino/response2” xmlns:xql=“http://metalab.unc.edu/xql/”>
xql:queryservice[description=“A*”]</xql:query>
<ino:message ino:returnvalue=“0”>
ino:messagelineXQL Request processed, no object returned</ino:messageline>
</ino:message>
</ino:response>

If I use the following query, records are returned but the result is as expected for a text search:

_xql=service[description~=“A*”]

I am using version 3.1.1.1

Can anyone advise please?

Thanks,

David.

Try “between” and standard index