^BF
^BF

^BF

The
^BF
command creates a two-dimensional, multi-row, continuous, stacked symbology identical to PDF417, except it replaces the 17-module-wide start and stop patterns and left/right row indicators with a unique set of 10-module-wide row address patterns. These reduce overall symbol width and allow linear scanning at row heights as low as 2X.

MicroPDF417 Barcode

MicroPDF417 is designed for applications with a need for improved area efficiency but without the requirement for PDF417’s maximum data capacity. It can be printed only in specific combinations of rows and columns up to a maximum of four data columns by 44 rows.
Field data (
^FD
) and field hexadecimal (
^FH
) are limited to:
  • 250 7-bit characters
  • 150 8-bit characters
  • 366 4-bit numeric characters
Format:
^BFo,h,m
Parameters
Details
o =
orientation
Values:
N =
normal
R =
rotated 90 degrees (clockwise)
I =
inverted 180 degrees
B =
read from bottom up, 270 degrees
Default:
current
^FW
value
h =
bar code height (in dots)
Values:
1
to
9999
Default:
value set by
^BY
or 10 (if no
^BY
value exists).
m =
mode
Values:
0
to
33
(see Table 1)
Default:
0
(see Table 1)
Example: This is an example of a MicroPDF417 bar code:
To encode data into a MicroPDF417 barcode, complete these steps:
  1. Determine the type of data to be encoded (for example, ASCII characters, numbers, 8-bit data, or a combination).
  2. Determine the maximum amount of data to be encoded within the bar code (for example, number of ASCII characters, quantity of numbers, or quantity of 8-bit data characters).
  3. Determine the percentage of check digits that are used within the bar code. The higher the percentage of check digits that are used, the more resistant the barcode is to damage — however, the size of the barcode increases.
  4. Use the table below with the information gathered from the questions above to select the mode of the barcode.
    MicroPDF417 Mode
    Mode (M)
    Number of Data Columns
    Number of Data Rows
    % of CWS for EC
    Max Alpha Characters
    Max Digits
    0
    1
    11
    64
    6
    8
    1
    1
    14
    50
    12
    17
    2
    1
    17
    41
    18
    26
    3
    1
    20
    40
    22
    32
    4
    1
    24
    33
    30
    44
    5
    1
    28
    29
    38
    55
    6
    2
    8
    50
    14
    20
    7
    2
    11
    41
    24
    35
    8
    2
    14
    32
    36
    52
    9
    2
    17
    29
    46
    67
    10
    2
    20
    28
    56
    82
    11
    2
    23
    28
    64
    93
    12
    2
    26
    29
    72
    105
    13
    3
    6
    67
    10
    14
    14
    3
    8
    58
    18
    26
    15
    3
    10
    53
    26
    38
    16
    3
    12
    50
    34
    49
    17
    3
    15
    47
    46
    67
    18
    3
    20
    43
    66
    96
    19
    3
    26
    41
    90
    132
    20
    3
    32
    40
    114
    167
    21
    3
    38
    39
    138
    202
    22
    3
    44
    38
    162
    237
    23
    4
    6
    50
    22
    32
    24
    4
    8
    44
    34
    49
    25
    4
    10
    40
    46
    67
    26
    4
    12
    38
    58
    85
    27
    4
    15
    35
    76
    111
    28
    4
    20
    33
    106
    155
    29
    4
    26
    31
    142
    208
    30
    4
    32
    30
    178
    261
    31
    4
    38
    29
    214
    313
    32
    4
    44
    28
    250
    366
    33
    4
    4
    50
    14
    20