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Barcode types

ActiveBarcode supports the following barcode types:

ActiveBarcode calculates the check digit - where available - automatically for you.

Code 128
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
ASCII (7-bit)
Modern 1D type of barcode. Has highly copmpressed data. Very often used.
GS1-128, EAN-128
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
ASCII (7-bit)
This special form of the Code 128 is used for goods and palettes in commerce and industry. More than one data field can be encoded using Application Identifiers.
EAN-13, GTIN-13
Code
Lenght:
13
Character set:
numeric 0-9
The EAN code is primarily used in supermarkets to identify products at the point of sales.
QR Code
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
ASCII
2D barcode for encoding mass text or data in only one code. Often used for Mobile-Tagging with cell phones.
Data Matrix
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
ASCII
2D barcode for encoding mass text or data in only one code.
GS1-Data Matrix
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
ASCII (7-bit)
This special form of the Data Matrix is used for goods and palettes in commerce and industry. More than one data field can be encoded using Application Identifiers.
EAN-8, GTIN-8
Code
Lenght:
8
Character set:
numeric 0-9
This is the short version of EAN-13 for extremly small products.
PDF417
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
ASCII
2D barcode for encoding mass text or data in only one code.
ISBN-13
Code
Lenght:
13
Character set:
numeric 0-9
International Standard Book Number. ISBN standard type since 01. January 2007.
ISSN
Code
Lenght:
8
Character set:
numeric 0-9
International Standard Serial Number. The ISSN serves the short unmistakeable identification of sequentially appearing publications, e.g., magazines.
ISMN
Code
Lenght:
10
Character set:
numeric 0-9
The ISMN (Internationally Standard Music Number) is used for marking printed musical publications.
EAN-14, GTIN-14
Code
Lenght:
14
Character set:
numeric 0-9
The EAN 14 code is used for traded goods
DUN-14
Code
Lenght:
14
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Distribution Unit Number. Also have a look at EAN-14 and ITF-14.
SCC-14
Code
Lenght:
14
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Shipping Container Symbol. Also have a look at EAN-14 and ITF-14.
ITF-14
Code
Lenght:
14
Character set:
numeric 0-9
The ITF-14 barcode is used to create the Shipping Container Symbol. This code is used to mark cartons and palettes that are including goods with an EAN-13 code.
EAN-18/NVE
Code
Lenght:
18
Character set:
numeric 0-9
The EAN 18/NVE is used to display the Nummer der Versandeinheit (NVE).
SSCC-18
Code
Lenght:
18
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Serial Shipping Container Code. It is used throughout the supply chain as an identifier for item tracing and internal control.
UPC-A, GTIN-12
Code
Lenght:
12
Character set:
numeric 0-9
The UPC A code is the standard version of the UPC code and has 12 digits. It is also called UPC 12 and is very similar to the EAN code.
UPC-E
Code
Lenght:
8
Character set:
numeric 0-9
This is the short version of UPC-A for extremly small products.
Code 39
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
A-Z, 0-9, 5 special chars
Also known as Code 3 of 9. Often used type that is self checking.
Code 39 Extended
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
ASCII (7-bit)
Also known as Code 3 of 9 Extended. Extension of Code 39.
Code 25
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Also known as Code 2 of 5 and Code 25 Industrial. Rather old code for industrial use.
Code 25 Interleaved
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Also known as Code 2 of 5 Interleaved. Industrial use.
JAN
Code
Lenght:
13
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Japanese Article Numbering. It's primarily used in supermarkets to identify product at the point of sales.
EAN-5
Code
Lenght:
5
Character set:
numeric 0-9
AddOn code. For example for books (see ISBN).
EAN-2
Code
Lenght:
2
Character set:
numeric 0-9
AddOn code. For example for magazines.
EAN-99
Code
Lenght:
13
Character set:
numeric 0-9
"EAN-99 is a special form of the EAN-13, which just starts with ""99"". EAN 99 is used as an in-store coupon."
EAN-Velocity
Code
Lenght:
8
Character set:
numeric 0-9
EAN-Velocity is a special form of the EAN-8. This code is internally used by dealers for products that have no EAN-13 or EAN-8 code from the producer.
ISBN-13 Dual
Code
Lenght:
13
Character set:
numeric 0-9
International Standard Book Number. ISBN transitional type from 01. January 2006 to 31. December 2006.
ISBN-10
Code
Lenght:
13
Character set:
numeric 0-9
International Standard Book Number. ISBN standard type until 31. December 2005.
Codabar
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
0-9, 6 special characters
Old barcode type. Often used in medicine in the past.
Code 93
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
A-Z, 0-9, 5 special chars
Same characterset as Code 39 but more compacted code that requires less space.
Code 93 Extended
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
ASCII (7-bit)
Same characterset as Code 39 Extended but more compacted code that requires less space.
PZN7
Code
Lenght:
7
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Pharmazentralnummer für medicine. Special form of Code 39.
PZN8
Code
Lenght:
7
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Pharmazentralnummer für medicine. Special form of Code 39.
Leitcode
Code
Lenght:
14
Character set:
numeric 0-9
The Leitcode is used by Deutschen Post/DHL.
Identcode
Code
Lenght:
12
Character set:
numeric 0-9
The Identcode is used by Deutschen Post/DHL.
Code 128A
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
Uppercase letters and control characters
Subcode of Code 128. This type is normally not used for itself. Use Code 128 or EAN 128 instead.
Code 128B
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
Upper- and lowercase letters
Subcode of Code 128. This type is normally not used for itself. Use Code 128 or EAN 128 instead.
Code 128C
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Subcode of Code 128. This type is normally not used for itself. Use Code 128 or EAN 128 instead.
MSI Plessey
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
numeric 0-9
Old code typ. Was used for goods and books in the past.
PostNet
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
numeric 0-9
This code us used to improve the speed of sorting and delivering of mail.
Royal Mail
Code
Lenght:
variable
Character set:
A-Z, 0-9
The Royal Mail 4 State Customer Code (RM4SCC) was created for automated mail sortation processes.

There are the following standards specified for some barcode types:

EN 797 - Symbol specification EAN/UPC (ISO 15420)
EN 798 - Symbol specification Codabar
EN 799 - Symbol specification Code 128
EN 800 - Symbol specification Code 39
EN 801 - Symbol specification Code 25 Interleaved


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