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Code 39 and Extended Code 39

I bought a font package that has the Code 39 fonts. I'm a little confused about Code 39 and Extended Code 39. I have the following questions:

1. What is the difference between the Code 39 and Extended Code 39?
2. I have installed the Code 39 font, but can't find the Extended Code 39 Barcode font in the drop-down. Where is it?
3. How do you encode the data?
4. I'm trying to encode an @ symbol in my data (using Code 39, not Extended Code 39) and keep getting a space in the barcode, why is this happening?

Operating System: Windows 8

Application: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

12-26-12     2831 day(s) ago    

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James

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Those are great questions. I have listed the answers with respect to the way they were asked:

1. The difference between Code 39 and Extended Code 39:

* Code 39 can represent capital letters and numbers. For example, if you want to represent "BARCODE39", you could do so using the Code 39 font. For a general overview, please see this link: Code 39 Barcode Font Features.

* Extended Code 39 can represent lower-case letters, capital letters, numbers, and the IDAutomation Extended Font Character Set. For example, if you want to represent "barcode39", you could do so using the Extended Code 39 font.

2. The Extended Code 39 Barcode fonts will need to be installed manually:

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

* After installing any fonts, it is very important to close and restart any relevant programs using the font. The Extended Code 39 Barcode fonts will begin with IDAutomationX, such as "IDAutomationXC39M".

* For the extended characters to scan properly, the scanner must be enabled to read Extended Code 39.

* For the general font installation procedure, please refer to the Barcode Font Installation Procedures. Please note that Code 128 is used in the example.

3. To encode both Code 39 and Extended Code 39 Barcode fonts, it is necessary to use start and stop characters. Using the example from Step 1 above:

* Select Code 39 from the list of fonts
* Enter * as the start character (* or !)
* Enter the "BARCODE39" which is the data to be encoded
* Enter * as the stop character (* or !)

4. The simplest solution to encode an @ symbol would be to use the Extended Code 39 font, as explained above, using a start and stop character. There is a full explanation of the IDAutomation Extended Font Character Set on the Extended Code 39 Fonts page.

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