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Type Character Set Length Checksum Applications/Comments

Australia Postal Code


 

2-D Numbers Only 4 Required Includes error correction
Aztec Code


 

2-D Full ASCII; FNC1 and ESI control codes Variable
Min 12
Max 3832
Required Includes error correction; minimum is 15x15 square, largest is 151x151
Codabar


 

Linear Numbers: 0-9;
Symbols: - : . $ / +
Start/Stop Characters:
A, B, C, D, E, *, N, or T
Variable None Older code; often used in libraries and blood banks.  See also USD-4, NW-7, 2of7
Code 11


 

Linear Numbers Only Variable Required Recommend 2nd check digit
Code 128


 

Linear All ASCII characters
and control codes
Variable Required Widely used; excellent for many applications
Code 39


 

Linear Uppercase letters A-Z;
Numbers 0-9;
Space - . $ / + %
Variable Optional In very wide use for many types of applications
Extended Code 39


 

Linear All ASCII characters
and control codes
Variable Optional Uses pairs of  characters to encode non-standard symbols; wasteful of space
Code 93


 

Linear Uppercase letters A-Z;
Numbers 0-9;
Space - . $ / + %
Variable Optional A more compact cousin of Code 39, not as widely in use
Composite Code


 

2-D All ASCII characters Variable Required Code comprised of a PDF417 code stacked on top of a Code128; used in UCC/EAN standards 
DataMatrix

 

2-D All ASCII characters Variable Required Includes error correction, up to 2335 ASCII characters
EAN-13


 

Linear Numbers Only 13 + check digit
+2 optional
+5 optional
Required Retail product marking  world-wide
EAN-8


 

Linear Numbers Only 7 + check digit Required Retail product marking world-wide; compressed code for products with limited label space
EAN Bookland


 

Linear Numbers Only 13 + check digit
+2 optional
+5 optional
Required Special use of the EAN-13 symbol to encode ISBN number on books
Industrial 2 of 5


 

Linear Numbers Only Variable None Older type of code
Interleaved 2 of 5


 

Linear Numbers Only Variable Optional Very compact encodes digits in pairs so total length must be even number of digits
ITF-14
(UPC Ship Container Code)


 

Linear Numbers Only 13 + check digit Required Special use of the Interleaved 2 of 5 code to mark shipping cartons containing UPC encoded products
(see also SCC-14)
LOGMARS


 

Linear Uppercase letters A-Z;
Numbers 0-9;
Space - . $ / + %
Variable Optional Same as Code 39; this is the US government specification
Maxicode

 

2-D All ASCII characters 93 Required  Includes error correction, developed by the United Parcel Service for encoding destination information
MSI
MSI Plessey


 

Linear Numbers Only Variable Required Grocery store shelf tags
OPC
Optical Industry Assoc.


 

Linear Numbers Only 9 + check digit Required Special use of Interleaved 2 of 5 for marking retail optical products
PDF-417


 

2-D All ASCII characters Variable Required Includes error correction, up to about 1850 ASCII or 2725 numeric characters
Plessey


 

Linear Numbers Only Variable Required Grocery store shelf tags
Postnet


 

2-D* Numbers Only 5 + check digit
+4 optional
+6 optional
Required USA postal code
(ZIP code)
QR Code


 

2-D All ASCII Characters Variable Required Includes error correction, up to about 1520 ASCII or 2509 numeric charcters
SCC-14
(UCC/EAN Ship Cont. Code)


 

Linear Numbers Only 13 + checksum Required Special use of Code 128 to mark shipping cartons containing UPC encoded products
(see also ITF-14)
Standard 2 of 5


 

Linear Numbers Only Variable None Also called Industrial 2 of 5.
UCC/EAN-128


 

Linear All ASCII characters
and control codes
Variable Required Special ise of Code 128 which defines data formats for commerce
UCC/EAN Shipping Container Code
(SCC-14)


 

Linear Numbers Only 13 +check digit Required Special use of Code 128 to mark shipping cartons containing UPC encoded products
(see also ITF-14)
UPC Shipping Container Code
(ITF-14)


 

Linear Numbers Only 13 + check digit Required Special use of the Interleaved 2 of 5 code to mark shipping cartons containing UPC encoded products
(see also SCC-14)
UPC-A

 

Linear Numbers Only 11 + check digit
+2 optional
+5 optional
Required Retail product marking in USA and Canada
UPC-E


 

Linear Numbers Only 7 + check digit Required Retail product in USA and Canada; compressed code for products with limited label space


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