Barcode Field Instructions
Barcode Field Instructions

Barcode Field Instructions

To create a barcode, a barcode field command must be contained in the label format.
Table 1 shows the barcode field commands. The number in brackets denotes the print ratio. Each command produces a unique barcode.
(*) for Fixed Printing Ratio means that the ratio between the width of the bars in the code is a fixed standard and cannot be changed.
As another reference to the barcode field commands ratio, see Table 1.
Barcode Field Commands
ZPL Command
Command Description
Ratio
^B0
Aztec Barcode Parameters
[Fixed]
^B1
Code 11 (USD-8)
[2.0 - 3.0]
^B2
Interleaved 2 of 5
[2.0 - 3.0]
^B3
Code 39 (USD-3 and 3 of 9)
[2.0 - 3.0]
^B4
Code 49 (*)
[Fixed]
^B5
Planet Code Barcode
[Fixed]
^B7
PDF417 (*)
[Fixed]
^B8
EAN-8 (*)
[Fixed]
^B9
UPC-E
[Fixed]
^BA
Code 93 (USS-93)(*)
[Fixed]
^BB
CODABLOCK A, E, F (*)
[Fixed]
^BC
Code 128 (USD-6) (*)
[Fixed]
^BD
UPS MaxiCode (*)
[Fixed]
^BE
EAN-13
[Fixed]
^BF
Micro-PDF417
[Fixed]
^BI
Industrial 2 of 5
[2.0 - 3.0]
^BJ
Standard 2 of 5
[2.0 - 3.0]
^BK
ANSI Codabar (USD-4 and 2 of 7)
[2.0 - 3.0]
^BL
LOGMARS
[2.0 - 3.0]
^BM
MSI
[2.0 - 3.0]
^BO
Aztec Barcode Parameters
[Fixed]
^BP
Plessey
[2.0 - 3.0]
^BQ
QR Code (*)
[Fixed]
^BR
GS1 Databar (formerly RSS)
[Fixed]
^BS
UPC/EAN Extensions (*)
[Fixed]
^BU
UPC-A (*)
[Fixed]
^BX
Data Matrix (*)
[Fixed]
^BZ
PostNet (*), USPS Intelligent Mail, and Planet barcodes
[Fixed]
Additionally, each barcode field command can be issued with a definition parameter string. The parameter string defines field rotation, height, and interpretation line status for all barcodes. For some barcodes, the parameter string also sets a check digit, start character, and/or stop character. Use the definition parameter string to command the printer to print barcodes of appropriate heights and densities that conform to the specifications of the application.
The use of the parameter string is optional because all parameters have default values. If the default values for all of the barcode parameters suit the application, then only the barcode command needs to be entered.
Parameters in barcode field commands are “position specific.” If a value (other than the default value) is manually entered for one parameter the ZPL II delimiter character (a comma) must be used to mark the position of the preceding parameters in the string.
To change just the third parameter, enter two commas and then the value for the third parameter. The default values will be automatically used for the first and second parameters.