The DataBar Barcode Font is a single font that generates multiple DataBar barcode types. It is compatible with multiple operating systems and language settings, including Double Byte versions of Windows.
The Stacked Omni Directional and Expanded Stacked Omni Directional symbols are unique in that they require multiple lines to generate the correct barcode symbol. If too much white space is noticed in the middle of the symbol when generating these barcodes, the line spacing property must be adjusted to .98 or 1. If the default line spacing for an application is more than 1, a white space will appear in the middle of the symbol. A correctly generated symbol should appear as in Fig 1 and 2 below.
Stacked Omni-Directional Encoding "00123456789012":
Fig 2. Expanded Stacked
Encoding GTIN, Weight and
Sell By Date
DataBar Barcode Fonts require the use of feature level 9 or greater Font Encoder Tools to convert the data-to-encode into a special data string that, when combined IDAutomation's DataBar font, will create a correct DataBar barcode. If feature level 9 or greater cannot be used, IDAutomation provides alternative font integration options.
Available tools include:
Source code for two (2) font encoder tools may be provided with the purchase of a 5 Developer License, and the source for three (3) font encoder tools may be provided with the purchase of the Unlimited Developer License, which will also require a signed Source Code Agreement.
Implementation of the IDAutomation DataBar Barcode Font is possible with IDAutomation's Font Encoders, feature level 9 or greater. Tutorials are offered in each of these packages, with the main difference being that the functions are preceded with IDAutomation_DataBar_.
The IDAutomation DataBar Font Package consists of 3 font types to meet the required height-width specifications of each DataBar font type: IDAutomation DataBar 13, IDAutomation DataBar 24 and IDAutomation DataBar 34. The height of the font is a multiple of the X Dimension, which is interpreted as the last number in the name. For example, IDAutomation DataBar 34 has a height that is 34 times the width of the narrowest bar. When IDAutomation DataBar 34 is used in a stacked barcode type (such as the Expanded Stacked code type that is commonly used for coupons) the required height of 71x is still achieved. The recommended point size to use is 12 points.
Chart 1. Barcode Types, Height Specification Requirements and Font Names.
|GS1 Barcode Font Type||Height||Font to Use||Encoder Method|
|DataBar||34x||IDAutomation DataBar 34||DataBar (DataToEncode)|
|DataBar Expanded *||34x||IDAutomation DataBar 34||DataBarExpanded (DataToEncode, 22)|
|DataBar Expanded Stacked *||71x||IDAutomation DataBar 34||DataBarExpanded (DataToEncode, Segments) *|
|DataBar Limited||13x||IDAutomation DataBar 13||DataBarLimited (DataToEncode)|
|DataBar Stacked||13x||IDAutomation DataBar 13||DataBarStacked (DataToEncode)|
|DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional||71x||IDAutomation DataBar 34||DataBarStackedOmniDirectional (DataToEncode)|
|DataBar Truncated||13x||IDAutomation DataBar 13||DataBar (DataToEncode)|
|GS1-128||34x||IDAutomation DataBar 34||Uni_C128 (DataToEncode)|
* DataBar Expanded Stacked symbols are produced in the DataBar Expanded method by reducing the segments property to a low, even number such as 4 or 6. DataBar Expanded and DataBar Expanded Stacked are both Omnidirectional, even though Omnidirectional is not part of the name. When the symbol is 22 segments or not stacked, it is referred to as a DataBar Expanded barcode.
Although IDAutomation DataBar 24 is not referenced in Chart 1, it may be used to create a slightly smaller symbol for barcode types that have a height of 34x or 71x. Because a smaller than required barcode is created with the 24x font, it should only be used in closed systems after ensuring that all scanner types utilized in the application can dependably read the symbol. IDAutomation DataBar 13 may also be used for 34x or 71x barcode types to produce very small symbols in closed systems.
IDAutomation's DataBar fonts have been designed to generate dependable barcodes when printed at point sizes both large and small. The font may be printed as small as 4 points if the scanner is capable reading it, although printing at 12 points is preferred. IDAutomation's DataBar fonts are reliably read with the IDAutomation USB Barcode Scanner when printed as small as 6 points and as large as 48 points.
Chart 2. DataBar Font Point sizes and X Dimensions.
|Font Point Size||Approximate X Dimension (1 mil = .001")|
|48||.102 cm||40 mil|
|36||.076 cm||30 mil|
|32||.069 cm||27 mil|
|30||.064 cm||25 mil|
|28||.058 cm||23 mil|
|24||.051 cm||20 mil|
|20||.043 cm||17 mil|
|18||.038 cm||15 mil|
|16||.033 cm||13 mil|
|12||.025 cm||10 mil|
|8||.018 cm||7 mil|
|6||.013 cm||5 mil|
When using a printer with less than 600 DPI, only the following point sizes will create accurate barcodes:
|203 DPI Printer (thermal)||300 DPI Printer|
|6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36||8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36|
To verify that the font is working properly in Windows, perform the following steps:
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