The Lotus Approach Barcode Generation Tutorial contains information, examples and steps needed for generating barcodes in Lotus Approach. The appropriate barcode fonts must be installed before the application can display or print barcodes. For environment-specific installation instructions, please refer to these font installation procedures.
This method of Lotus Approach barcode generation is easiest because it utilizes self-checking fonts such as Code 39 and Codabar. Simply create a field computed for display that combines the start and stop characters with the field. For example, the field formula for a Code 39 font is Combine('*', DataField, '*')
Code128, UPC, EAN, Interleaved and other more complex barcode types require a LotusScript event and a LotusScript function in order to work properly. In this database example, the LotusScript that formats the Code128 field is located in the form's Change Event. A separate field must be created that will contain the barcode.
This field now contains the data formatted to the barcode font, and the data from this field can be used in a mail-merge to create barcodes in Lotus Word Pro. This field can also be used to display barcodes in forms, reports, envelopes, labels and letters. When entering the data, the barcode field automatically update after a tab to the next field. Press CTRL R to refresh or save the database.
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