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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[edit]

  • 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)
  • UPC
  • EAN

EAN and UPC are compatible in GTIN namespace

2D barcodes[edit]

in the 2010's mobile phones capable of reading 2D barcodes have become widespread and cheap to acquire.


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.

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