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 symbol encoding "00123456789012":
Fig 2. Expanded Stacked
symbol encoding GTIN, Weight and
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The IDAutomation DataBar Font Package consists of 3 font types to meet the required height-width specifications of each DataBar font type:
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 POS Omnidirectional Barcodes||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 Stacked Omnidirectional||71x||IDAutomation DataBar 34||DataBarStackedOmniDirectional (DataToEncode)|
|Non POS Barcodes *||Height||Font to Use||Encoder Method|
|DataBar Limited *||13x||IDAutomation DataBar 13||DataBarLimited (DataToEncode)|
|DataBar Stacked *||13x||IDAutomation DataBar 13||DataBarStacked (DataToEncode)|
|DataBar Truncated *||13x||IDAutomation DataBar 13||DataBar (DataToEncode)|
* The non-POS barcode types are rarely used and are only supported with the following font encoders:
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|
Four types of GS1 DataBar symbologies are common: GS1 DataBar Omnidirectional, GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional, GS1 DataBar Expanded Omnidirectional and GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked Omnidirectional. These are also referred to as the DataBar POS symbols and all are Omnidirectional, which means they can be scanned from any direction.
To verify that the font and encoder are working properly together in Windows, perform the following steps:
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