Barcode Xpress for .NET v13 - Updated
Code 39 Extended
User Guide > Concepts > Barcode Specifications > Barcode Types > Code 39 Extended

Code 39 Extended was developed to provide a means of encoding additional characters that are not part of the Code 39 character set (for example, lowercase characters and additional symbols), and is essentially a superset of Code 39. Extended characters are encoded by using a pair of normal Code 39 characters. For example, a lowercase "a" is encoded by the character pair "+A". Code 39 Extended supports the full ASCII character set.

The ratio of wide to narrow bar width can be in the range of 1.8 to 3.4. The Barcode Xpress Code 39 uses a 2:1 wide:narrow bar width ratio.

Code 39 Extended requires a quiet zone, which should be at least the width of 10 narrow bars. This means that if you set the MinimumBarWidth property to 3 pixels (narrow bar size), you should set the HorizontalWhiteSpace property to 30 pixels. Since Code 39 is a self-checking barcode, it normally does not require a checksum. However, when necessary, an optional modulo 43 checksum may be used.

By default, Barcode Xpress will not write optional checksums. If a checksum is desired for Code 39, set the CheckSum property to 1(TRUE) and Barcode Xpress barcode will calculate and write the checksum.

If you use Barcode Xpress to detect Code 39 barcodes, you should set the reader BarcodeType property to this type so that the barcode engine specifically looks for Code 39. If you don’t tell the barcode engine to specifically look for Code 39 barcodes, it might confuse a Code 39 barcode with a Code 32 barcode.

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