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dgeAZAccess

Code 39 barcode with dash character does not scan

I have an Access database and using IDAutomationHC39M as a font to create a report with 2 fields to be barcode printed. The format to print is = "*" & [Field Name] & "*".

The problem is the field with a number (e.g. 61611) prints and can be read/scanned (I check it by scanning to a blank Word document), while the other field (using the same field input format) prints but cannot be read and no scan occurs. It is a text field.

The format of the text data as an example is 24-01-3411-001-07814-1343-40. I use the same formula as the other barcode field.

Is the problem the dashes ("-")?

Operating System: Windows 7

Application: MS Access 2013

01-08-15     1795 day(s) ago    

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While the dash (hyphen) is the issue at this point, there are two solution paths (choose one or the other, enable Full ASCII or Extended Code 39 on the scanner - see the scanner's manual):

1. Continue the use of the standard Code 39 fonts (installed by default via installer): It is necessary to encode the dash as a special character using /M.

2. Use the Extended Code 39 fonts (included in the same font package, but installed manually*): No changes to the data are necessary, simply install, close and reopen all programs (or reboot), and apply the Extended Code 39 font.

* Inside the IDAutomation_C39FontAdvantage.zip file, navigate to the /IDAutomation_C39FontAdvantage/Extended39/ folder for the extended fonts.

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The Extended Code 39 fonts are included in the Code 39 Font Package (which is the non-free version).

Code 39 is not the most efficient linear symbology. If you need something more efficient in size (depending on the scanner being used, see your manual) you might be better off using the more-efficient Code 128 symbology, which requires a full encoder (the Access VBA in this case).

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I first opted to just remove the "-"'s from the field in order to have only a number field to see if Code 39 would work. I thus ended up with a numeric field of 24 digits. However it will still not scan. I wanted to avoid spending the bucks for the Extended Code 39 for a single use. I even tried replacing the dashes with a period or a "/" and still no luck.

Thanks,

dgeAZAccess

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I will use the Extended Code 39.

Thank you for the quick and concise response.

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