Monday, April 04, 2011

Encoding Functions With Code 128 Fonts in Excel

by Nate Schubert

In all realms of business, Microsoft Excel continues to be one of the most popular methods of generating Code 128 Barcodes from fonts. Many IDAutomation customers find our barcode fonts to be very compatible with Excel, and are able to generate many barcodes quickly through our fonts and Excel font encoder tools.

While Code 128 is an excellent font to use for generating both upper and lower-case letters, as well as numbers. Especially useful, however, is the fact that Code 128 is capable of encoding functions into the barcode itself. This opens up a whole new world of opportunities for encoding information in barcodes.

One of the most important functions to encode in your Code 128 barcode is the Tab function, which would essentially allow you to scan a barcode which would then parse the encoded data into multiple tabs, populating an entire row with data rather than a single cell.

The IDAutomation Technical Support staff has worked hard to produce an easy-to-understand video tutorial that demonstrates how to encode functions into Code 128 Barcode using Microsoft Excel, in just a few simple steps. Please let us know via the comments under this article if you have any specific comments or questions, as we are happy to assist!

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