Basic Format for Bar Codes
Basic Format for Bar Codes

Basic Format for Bar Codes

The basic format for bar codes is quiet zone, start character, data, check digit, stop character, and quiet zone. Not all bar codes require each of these elements.
Every bar code requires a quiet zone. A quiet zone (sometimes called a “clear area”) is an area adjacent to the machine-readable symbols that ensure proper reading (decoding) of the symbols. No printing is permissible within this area. Preprinted characters, borders, and background color are acceptable if they are invisible to the reading device; these are used in some applications but restrict the type of reading device that can be used. The size of the quiet zone depends on the size of bar widths (usually 10 times the width of the narrow bar).
Quiet Zone in a Bar Code