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Introduction

Using font to generate barcode is usually a simple, intuitive process. No programming skills is required and you can create barcode images within most of applications. For character fonts such as OCR and MICR Fontware, and self-checking fonts such as Code39 and Codabar, Code25, input is very straightforward. However, to print other types of symbols, things are getting more complicated. Several factors contribute to the complexity:

  • Check characters. To increase the data security, many symbologies require one or two check characters appended right after the encoded message. The calculation algorithm is usually very simple, yet prone to human error.
  • Encoding algorithm. In some symbologies, especially EAN/UPC series, one character may have multiple encoding schemes.  Since one character can only reflect one encoding, multiple characters are needed for the same  digit.
  • Control characters. It is sometimes desirable to encode control characters into a barcode. By scanning the barcode back into the host computer, manufacturing processing can be automated. However in most applications control characters are treated as non-printable. To allow customers print these characters, we map these control characters to printable character range.

In addition to these three major factors, Microsoft Office (especially the new versions of Word) requires additional changes. To be fully compatible with Microsoft Office, some characters are reserved, such as space character. To encode space into a barcode, you need to type another character, depending on the barcode font you are using.

To assist our customers automate the barcode creation process, we provide a collection of utilities, web utilities, source code named Morovia Font tools collectively. Morovia Font Tools are included in every Fontware package; and they can also be downloaded and upgraded separately. The contents of Morovia Font Tools include:

  • Morovia Fontpal. Fontpal is a GUI program running on all Win32 platforms. Fontpal generates the correct string based on the symbology you choose and the message you want to encode. Fontpal also lets you visually inspect the barcode you are going to create, so you have an idea of the barcode image you are going to create - this is especially useful if you are going to create a barcode symbol without the underlying text.
  • Language Tools. Language tools include source code written in major programming languages enabling customer integrate the barcode font with applications. Currently we have language tools for Visual Basic, VBScript, Crystal Reports UFL, Crystal Report Formula, C/C++ and JavaScript.
  • Morovia Fontpal Web Utility. With this web utility you can generate barcode string from Macintosh, UNIX and LINUX platforms as long as the computer has an Internet connection. If you browse the page from Windows with Microsoft Internet Explorer, you can view the generated barcode symbol at the same time.

To free downloadthe most updated version of Morovia Font Tools, click here.

Alternatively, you may view and download source code separately:

Function Prototypes

The table below lists all the functions we support in the language tools. All functions take one input parameter - the encoded message. If input contains characters which can not be encode with the indicated symbology, these characters will be filtered out. If a symbology required fixed length of the input string, the excess will be truncated if the input's length exceeds the required length; or zeroes will be appended to the end of the input if too short.

Function

Details

Product to apply

Code39(text)

Converts the input text into a Code 39 barcode string. The function throws off characters not in the Code 39 character set, and adds start/stop characters.

Code39 Fontware

Code39Mod43(text)

Converts the input text into a Code39 barcode string with Mod 43 check character. The function throws off characters not in the Code 39 character set, calculates the mod 43 check character, and adds start/stop characters.

Code39Ascii(text)

Converts the input text into a Code39 extended symbol. This function should be used to format Morovia code39 font, not Code39 full ASCII font. The text can be any combinations of ASCII characters. Note that the symbol generated is extended Code39 type, and the scanner must be put in Code39 extended mode to read the symbol properly.

Code39Extended(text)

Converts the input text into a Code39 extended symbol. It accepts any ASCII characters as input. The only difference from function Code39Ascii is the former is designed to work with Morovia Code39(Full ASCII) font and the latter is designed to work with Morovia Code39 font.

Code39 (Full ASCII)

Code93(text)

Converts the input text into a Code93 barcode string. It accepts any ASCII character input, taking care of the check character calculation and adding start/stop characters into the string.

Code93 Fontware

EAN13(text)

Converts the input text into an EAN barcode. Accepts input of 12 digits of numeric data.

UPC/EAN/Bookland Fontware

EAN8(text)

Converts the input text into an EAN-8 barcode. Accepts input of 7 digits of numeric data.

UPC_A(text)

Converts the input text into a UPC-A barcode. Accepts input of 11 digits of numeric data.

UPC_E(text)

Converts the input text into a UPC-E barcode. Accepts input of 6 digits of numeric data.

Bookland(text)

Converts an ISBN string into a valid Bookland barcode string.

Postnet(text)

Converts the input into a valid POSTNET barcode string with checksum. The function adds the start/stop frame bar, calculating the check digit and forms the correct symbol. This function can also be used to generate PLANET barcode string.

U.S. Postal Fontware

USPS_EAN128(text)

Used for 22 digit USPS special services labels such as delivery confirmation in EAN128. This function takes 19 digit input which is made up of the three parts: 2 digit service code, 9 digit customer ID and 8 digit sequential package ID. This function calculates the check digit (Mod10), add the application identifier 91 as required by the USPS standard, and format the data with EAN128 standard.

Code128A(text)

Accepts the input of character set A. Code128 character set consists of capital letters and control characters.

Code128 Fontware

Code128B(text)

Accepts the input of character set B. Code128 character set consist of all printable character s in the ASCII table.

Code128C(text)

Code128 character set C only contains numeric characters. Used when the encoded data containing only numbers.

Code128Ex(text)

Encode any ASCII characters. It automatically shift to another character set when the encoded character is not found in the current character set. See this article for details.

EAN128Ex(text)

Use this function for UCC/EAN-128 applications when you have already generated your MOD10 check digit if required. See this article for details.

SCC14(text)

Accepts 13 digits input and generates the complete barcode sting for SCC14. This function will calculate the SCC-14 check digit, append the application identifier 01, and encode the data with Code128C.

SSCC18(text)

Accepts 17 digits input and generates the complete barcode string for SSCC18. This function will calculate the check digit, append the application identifier 00, and encode the data with Code128C.

RoyalMail(text)

Converts the input into a valid UK royal mail barcode symbol with checksum. The function adds the start/stop frame bar, calculating the check digit and forms the correct symbol.

U.K. RoyalMail Fontware

Codabar(text)

Converts the input into a valid Codabar symbol. The default start/stop characters are A and B.

Codabar Fontware

Code25(text)

Converts the input into a valid Code25 symbol. No check character appended.

Code25 Fontware

Code25Check(text)

Converts the input into a valid Code25 symbol. Append a check digit.

ITF25(text)

Converts the input into a valid interleaved 2 of 5 barcode. No check digit appended in this function.

Interleaved 2 of 5 Fontware

ITF25Check(text)

Converts the input into a valid interleaved 2 of 5 barcode. Append a check digit.

MSIMod10(text)

Converts the input into a valid MSI/Plessey symbol. Check digit is calculated based on Modulo 10 algorithm.

MSI/Plessey Fontware

Code11(text)

Converts the input into a valid Code11 symbol. Check digit as well start/stop characters are added into the input.

Code11 Fontware

Telepen(text)

Converts the input into a Telepen barcode string. The function accepts any ASCII character input, taking care of the check digit calculation and adding start/stop characters.

Telepen Fontware

TelepenNumeric(text)

Converts the input into a Telepen Numeric barcode string. This functions accepts numeric input only.

Telepen Fontware

Asian Languages Support Functions

The functions below are designed to support double byte languages (Japanese, Korean, Chinese etc.) and only apply to the following three products:

These functions required Fontware Version 2.5 or later. These functions can be found in files with suffix Asian, such as MoroviaFontTools_Asian.c. Currently only Visual Basic and C are supported and you are free to write functions in other languages. For more information about Asian languages support, click here.

Function

Details

Product to apply

EAN13_Asian(text)

Converts the input text into an EAN barcode. Accepts input of 12 digits of numeric data.

UPC/EAN/Bookland Fontware (double-byte Version)

EAN8_Asian(text)

Converts the input text into an EAN-8 barcode. Accepts input of 7 digits of numeric data.

UPC_A_Asian(text)

Converts the input text into a UPC-A barcode. Accepts input of 11 digits of numeric data.

UPC_E_Asian(text)

Converts the input text into a UPC-E barcode. Accepts input of 6 digits of numeric data.

Bookland_Asian(text)

Converts an ISBN string into a valid Bookland barcode string.

Code128A_Asian(text)

Accepts the input of character set A. Code128 character set consists of capital letters and control characters.

Code128 Fontware (double-byte version)

Code128B_Asian(text)

Accepts the input of character set B. Code128 character set consist of all printable character s in the ASCII table.

Code128C_Asian(text)

Code128 character set C only contains numeric characters. Used when the encoded data containing only numbers.

Code128Auto_Asian(text)

Encode any ASCII characters. It automatically shift to another character set when the encoded character is not found in the current character set.

EAN128_Asian(text)

Use this function for UCC/EAN-128 applications when you have already generated your MOD10 check digit if required.FNC1 automatically included after start digit. You need to supply the combination of AI and data as the input parameter.

SCC14_Asian(text)

Accepts 13 digits input and generates the complete barcode sting for SCC14. This function will calculate the SCC-14 check digit, append the application identifier 01, and encode the data with Code128C.

SSCC18_Asian(text)

Accepts 17 digits input and generates the complete barcode string for SSCC18. This function will calculate the check digit, append the application identifier 01, and encode the data with Code128C.

ITF25_Asian(text)

Converts the input into a valid interleaved 2 of 5 barcode. No check digit appended in this function.

Interleaved 2 of 5 Fontware (double-bye version)

ITF25Check_Asian(text)

Converts the input into a valid interleaved 2 of 5 barcode. Append a check digit.

Resources

To learn more about Morovia Fontware, visit the following:

  • Fontware introduction - from there you can find information about font naming convention, font quality and font product index.
  • Fontware support - if you want to find out how to embed fonts in the web pages, how to print barcode in QuickBooks forms.
  • Fontware order - order our font products. This page also contains direct links to homepages of each font.
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