'Double Byte' Characters not displaying
This problem only occurs in "Double Byte Windows" such as in versions
of Microsoft Windows that display Japanese or Chinese characters.
When in a double byte environment, an excellent alternative would be
to use IDAutomation's
Font Advantage, which creates linear barcodes as a single font on
multiple operating systems, languages and locales. This package supports
AIM USS Code 128, UCC-128, EAN-128, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, USPS
Postnet, Planet, MSI and Codabar.
If the purchase of IDAutomation's
Font Advantage is not an option for this task, consider the following
- If a feature level 10 or greater
can be used, try one of the
ReturnTypes 6 to 9.
- If using
Visual Basic source code,
Office Macros or VBA, download the latest version from IDAutomation's
Website. The latest version may solve the issues. If that does not
solve the problem, change every occurrence of
AscW( in the code using the replace
- If implementing barcodes in Crystal Reports, try the
IDAutomation Formulas for Crystal Reports and change every occurrence
of Chr( to
AscW( using the replace option.
- For example:
= DataToPrint & Chr(CurrentCharNum + 103)
= DataToPrint & ChrW(CurrentCharNum + 103)
NOTE: If using the Microsoft Office Macros or
VBA, make the change in the Visual Basic Editor by choosing
Tools - Macro - Visual Basic Editor. Then make the Edit - Replace
in the module. In Crystal Reports, the entire formula may have
to be copied to notepad to do the replace and then paste the
entire formula back.
- The problem does not usually occur for normal characters such
as !@#$%^&*(), 0-9, a-z and A-Z, but will occur with the start and
stop characters of the Code 128 and Interleaved 2 of 5 fonts. Therefore,
if Code 128 or ITF is not used, it is suggested that
be used instead.
- If the "Country Options," "Language settings" to "Western Europe
and U.S." is set, then the fonts should work fine, but if it is
set to "Traditional Chinese" for example, the problem occurs. The
problem has something to do with the code page window or the inability
of "Double Byte Windows" to utilize ASCII characters or commands.
- Try the IDAutomation
Software, an easy-to-use WYSIWYG barcode label printing software
application that prints barcodes, text and graphics. It can obtain
label data from comma delimited or CSV text, Microsoft® Excel and
- Use one of the
such as the IDAutomation
ActiveX Barcode Control
& DLL, which is easy to use in Excel, Access, Word, FrontPage,
Visual Basic and C++. If using Microsoft .NET, try the IDAutomation
Forms Controls, which does not use fonts.
Java Barcode Components
are also available.