Optical Character Recognition and Bar Code Applications

You can use the printer for optical character recognition (OCR) and bar code applications.

Because of variations in OCR readers and bar-code scanners, be sure that you test the printer OCR and bar code output with the actual readers and scanners that you use in your processing environment. Testing Forms and Applications has more information related to testing OCR and bar code output.

For more information about OCR and bar-code printing, refer to:

See your marketing representative to obtain these publications.

All of the printers support OCR-A and OCR-B fonts.

InfoPrint supports three methods for processing bar codes:

BCOCA Support

All of the PSFs process BCOCA objects once the objects are generated. InfoPrint supplies the following BCOCA generators:

Other platforms require non-InfoPrint generators to produce BCOCA objects.

BCOCA supports the following bar code types:

Table 13. Bar-code type and modifier combinations
Bar Code Type Modifier
X'01': 3-of-9 Code X'01' and X'02'
X'02': MSI X'01' through X'09'
X'03': UPC/CGPC, Version A X'00'
X'05': UPC/CGPC, Version E X'00'
X'06': UPC, 2-Character Supplemental X'00'
X'07': UPC, 5-Character Supplemental X'00'
X'08': EAN 8 (includes JAN short) X'00'
X'09': EAN 13 (includes JAN standard) X'00'
X'0A': 2-of-5 Industrial X'01' and X'02'
X'0B': 2-of-5 Matrix X'01' and X'02'
X'0C': Interleaved 2-of-5 X'01' and X'02'
X'0D': Codabar X'01' and X'02'
X'11': Code 128 X'02'
X'16': EAN, 2 Digit Add-on X'00'
X'17': EAN, 5 Digit Add-on X'00'
X'18': Postnet X'00' through X'03'
X'1A': RM4SCC X'00'
X'1B': Japan Postal Bar Code X'00' and X'01'
X'1C': Data Matrix 2D Bar Code X'00'
X'1D': MaxiCode 2D Bar Code X'00'
X'1E': PDF 417 2D Bar Code X'00' and X'01'
X'1F': Australian Post Bar Code X'00' through X'08'
X'20': QR Code 2D Bar Code X'02'
X'21': Code 93 X'00'
X'22': USPS Four-State X'00' through X'03'
X'86': UPC, 2-Character Supplemental X'01' and X'02'
X'87': UPC, 5-Character Supplemental X'01' and X'02'
X'91': Code 128 X'03'
X'92': Code 128 (new HRI formatting) X'04'
X'96': EAN, 2 Digit Add-on X'01'
X'97': EAN, 5 Digit Add-on X'01'
X'98': PLANET X'04'
X'9A': Dutch KIX X'01'

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