QAID # 9701 Published
Question / Problem:
Why are bar codes created using the Free 3 of 9 Barcode Font in Microsoft Word not successfully read by the Standard Bar Code or Enhanced Bar Code engines?
Answer / Solution:
The "Free 3 of 9 Barcode Font" places an extra "end of line" character immediately after the Stop character when the bar code is created in Microsoft Word. This violates the Trailing Quiet Zone requirement in the Code 39 (3 of 9) bar code specification, rendering the bar code invalid.
To resolve this issue, Kofax recommends using a dedicated bar code creating program. If this is not an option, create the bar codes within Wordpad or Notepad. Also, make sure to add a * before and after the contents of the bar code (e.g. *1234*) as it adds the start and stop characters that the Code 3 of 9 bar code specification requires.