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Last edited: 12th November, 2012
Created: 9th November, 2012
This font can be used to create an EAN-13 barcode which is a superset of the UPC-A barcode.
How to use
EAN-13 has 3 symbol sets A, B, and C. It looks like the following:
- * start/end bar (as common for Code 39)
- # middle bar
- X a symbol of set A or B (see below)
- C a symbol of set C
The symbol sets are placed on an international keyboard layout:
- Number row: 1234567890
- Middle character row: asdfghjkl;
- Top character row: qwertyuiop
The first digit of an EAN-13 barcode does not directly correspond to a symbol. It determines which symbol set for the following 6 digits is to be used. The following listing shows the symbol set combinations for the starting digits:
If the starting digit is 0, or if you want to encode a UPC-A, only use symbol set A.
The spaces are only inserted for clarity.
- EAN number → symbol set → What you type with the font
2 012345 67890 3→
2 230154 67890 1→
9 786789 12345 1→
9 789876 12345 7→
The above examples contain all symbols, try them.
For detailed technical information download the GS1 General Specifications.
If you need other barcode fonts, just check my other FontStructions
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Last edited: 8th November, 2012
Created: 6th November, 2012
This is a true barcode font, it actually works with most (if not all) readers (mobile and handheld scanners).
All characters are included. Use * as start/stop character.
Please leave a comment, how you used the font. It would be interesting to see whether there is demand.
Trivia: Although it is correct that 3 of the 9 stripes are wide, the name of the symbology is not called Code 3 of 9. In the original design 39 characters were possible to encode.