TransBar 4 Codes 2/5

TransBar 4 Codes 2/5 allows the obtaining of barcodes of four types :

Fields of application

TransBar 4 Codes 2/5 allows you to create barcodes for the following fields of application :

Storable characters

Barcodes Codes 2/5 can only store numbers :

A partial reading of the barcode, therefore on only a part of the data, is a risk to symbologies 2/5. Three techniques make it possible to avoid it :

Supported standards

The barcodes generated by Transbar 4 Codes 2/5 respond to the common standards and appellations :

Graphic capabilities, excluding ITF 14

Excluding the ITF 14 standard, TransBar 4 Codes 2/5 generates barcodes of seven common heights :

Heights Code 2/5 not interleavedHeights Code 2/5 interleaved
and in all sizes, within the limits of the standard, or even after a warning, beyond the limits of the standard :
Sizes Codes 2/5

Barcodes are obtained without a caption or are automatically provided with a caption :

Legends Codes 2/5

In Code S, essentially used by the CIP HR french standard, the automatic legend will be slightly shifted to the left; if this graphic feature is not accepted, use a non-legendary barcode and associate a legend obtained by a second inscription in a traditional font, see bellow examples obtained :

Graphic capabilities, ITF 14 standard

The ITF 14 standard specifies a nominal size and describes the height and width of the bar as well as the frame widths for some other sizes. The reference TransBar 4 Codes 2/5 proposes 7 ITF 14 barcode font allowing to obtain the factors of size 62,5%, 70%, 80%, 90%, 100%, 110% and 120% :

ITF 14 size 62,5 %
ITF 14 size 70 %
ITF 14 size 80 %
ITF 14 size 90 %
ITF 14 size 100 %

These bar codes are likely to be read from afar, under the wrong conditions of a warehouse, so factors 110 and 120% can not be presented here for lack of space. However, it is possible for special applications to use ITF 14 transcription with traditional TransBar Code 2/5 interleaved fonts, which makes it possible to obtain barcodes as small as necessary.

The ITF standard 14 associates each bar code with a legend including spaces; but these spaces are not encoded in the bars and a font with automatic caption is therefore not possible. The legend must therefore be obtained by a second line under the bars of the bar code, for example in Helvetica or Arial :

barcodes ITF 14 with legend

Transcription 2/5 not-interleaved

The transcription (expression of information to be coded as text to be printed by a barcode font) is particularly simple in Code 2/5 not-interleaved and makes it possible to dispense the use of TransBar when no control character is requested :

Transcription Code 2/5 not-interleaved

In a document template, it is possible to prepare a blank barcode composed by only two characters "<" and ">": then, when finalizing the document, just put the cursor between these two characters and enter the reference to be coded to obtain a bar code memorizing what we have just typed:

Code 2/5 not-interleaved blank

Similarly, a spreadsheet column will be easily encoded by a second column linked to the first by a formula enabling the information to be automatically framed by "asterisk" characters :

Code 2/5 not-interleaved in spreadsheet

Finally, a database can print a field as a barcode by asking in the print model that this field be preceded and followed by the characters "<" and ">", as it would be required to be preceded by a $ or followed by a € if it was a financial amount.

Transcription 2/5 interleaved

Without being very complex, the interlaced 2/5 transcription requires automatic processing by the TransBar software or by a procedure written by you in the language of your choice according to the rules adopted by the TransBar software. When the number of digits to be coded is odd, a zero is automatically added to the left of the number, then each pair of numbers is replaced by a character determined by a table, and finally the set is framed by the "<" and ">" characters. Examples :

Transcription Code 2/5 interleaved

Consult the TransBar transcription method 2/5 interleaved

Transcription ITF 14

TransBar provides a specific transcription for the ITF 14 standard, which differs from the interleaved 2/5 transcription only on three points:

Consult the TransBar ITF 14 transcription method.

Transcription Code S

The Code S is an extension of the Interleaved Code 2/5 for encoding numbers with an odd number of digits. Although this coding is not often used, TransBar provides a specific transcription, which acts :

Transcription CIP-HR

TransBar provides a specific transcription for the CIP-HR standard, which differs from Code S transcription on three points :

Minimum system requirements for TransBar 4

The most recent version of TransBar 4 and its fonts have been tested with success on the following configurations :

with any software that supports text writing, copy and paste, text importation or CSV files, and offering the choice of the font and the font size for non-scalable printing ; a print where 72 DTP points (pica) are 25.4 mm in accordance with the current standard of DTP and professional printers.

Any printers with a resolution of 300, 600, 900, 1200, 1800, 2400 dots per inch.

All other printers if in the layout software the size of the characters can be expressed as a fractional value (for example 42.37 points, without this input turning into 42 points), under penalty of:


Consult the evaluation manual step by step

Technical documentation

Consult :