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There are about 120 different barcode standards in use today, about 20 of them are widely accepted and supported, and the rest are adopted by companies for internal tracking use.
Relevant 1D barcodes
- w:GS1-128 is an application standard of the w:GS1 w:implementation using the w:Code 128 w:barcode w:specification. The former correct name was UCC/EAN-128. Other no longer used names have included UCC-128 and EAN-128. The GS1-128 standard was introduced in 1989 and uses a series of Application Identifiers to include additional data such as best before dates, batch numbers, quantities, weights and many other attributes needed by the user. (Wikipedia)
- w:QR code that can be generated for each article with QRCodeOnLoad-extension
- w:Aztec code that is an ISO standard
- w:Semacode or as it's more commonly known w:Data matrix 2D barcode is in the public domain
- w:EZcode are potentially useful for reaching Consumium goals,
the w:Code 128 barcode system
- Widely accepted as a standard in barcodes (used by UPS, Wal-Mart and many others)
- Printable on a normal high quality printer (like we have in house)
- Easily read by affordable barcode scanner ($250 Cdn)
- Up to 40 characters
- Includes Alpha and numeric characters
- No licensing fee
- Third parties will be able to read our barcodes
- Barcodes can be printed up in standard windows applications so long as the barcode fonts are installed.
- Barcodes can be generated by a third party application, or via Active X plug ins
- Standard code 128 bar codes are not as long as those in standard code 39.
- GNU Barcode generates many barcode formats. Available under GPL. Available as Debian package.
- Baracoda Pencil - Bluetooth Scanner pen