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The 128 code

Caution new
version in 2008


Version francaise

This complex code allows the coding of the 128 ASCII characters. The result is very dense, in particular for the coding of the numerical values. It is used amongst other things on certain sheet of social security (in France) and certain transport label to register the SSCC number. (Identifier of the parcel)

Let's learn encoding system.

Value Table A Table B Table C ASCII Code Character Pattern ValueTable A Table B Table C ASCII Code Character Pattern
0 Space Space 00 0032 or 0212 Space or O 11011001100 54V V 54 0086 V 11101011000
1 ! ! 01 0033 ! 11001101100 55W W 55 0087 W 11101000110
2 " " 02 0034 " 11001100110 56X X 56 0088 X 11100010110
3 # # 03 0035 # 10010011000 57Y Y 57 0089 Y 11101101000
4 $ $ 04 0036 $ 10010001100 58Z Z 58 0090 Z 11101100010
5 % % 05 0037 % 10001001100 59[ [ 59 0091 [ 11100011010
6 & & 06 0038 & 10011001000 60\ \ 60 0092 \ 11101111010
7 ' ' 07 0039 ' 10011000100 61] ] 61 0093 ] 11001000010
8 ( ( 08 0040 ( 10001100100 62^ ^ 62 0094 ^ 11110001010
9 ) ) 09 0041 ) 11001001000 63_ _ 63 0095 _ 10100110000
10 * * 10 0042 * 11001000100 64nul ` 64 0096 ` 10100001100
11 + + 11 0043 + 11000100100 65soh a 65 0097 a 10010110000
12 , , 12 0044 , 10110011100 66stx b 66 0098 b 10010000110
13 - - 13 0045 - 10011011100 67etx c 67 0099 c 10000101100
14 . . 14 0046 . 10011001110 68eot d 68 0100 d 10000100110
15 / / 15 0047 / 10111001100 69eno e 69 0101 e 10110010000
16 0 0 16 0048 0 10011101100 70ack f 70 0102 f 10110000100
17 1 1 17 0049 1 10011100110 71bel g 71 0103 g 10011010000
18 2 2 18 0050 2 11001110010 72bs h 72 0104 h 10011000010
19 3 3 19 0051 3 11001011100 73ht i 73 0105 i 10000110100
20 4 4 20 0052 4 11001001110 74lf j 74 0106 j 10000110010
21 5 5 21 0053 5 11011100100 75vt k 75 0107 k 11000010010
22 6 6 22 0054 6 11001110100 76ff l 76 0108 l 11001010000
23 7 7 23 0055 7 11101101110 77cr m 77 0109 m 11110111010
24 8 8 24 0056 8 11101001100 78s0 n 78 0110 n 11000010100
25 9 9 25 0057 9 11100101100 79s1 o 79 0111 o 10001111010
26 : : 26 0058 : 11100100110 80dle p 80 0112 p 10100111100
27 ; ; 27 0059 ; 11101100100 81dc1 q 81 0113 q 10010111100
28 < < 28 0060 < 11100110100 82dc2 r 82 0114 r 10010011110
29 = = 29 0061 = 11100110010 83dc3 s 83 0115 s 10111100100
30 > > 30 0062 > 11011011000 84dc4 t 84 0116 t 10011110100
31 ? ? 31 0063 ? 11011000110 85nak u 85 0117 u 10011110010
32 @ @ 32 0064 @ 11000110110 86syn v 86 0118 v 11110100100
33 A A 33 0065 A 10100011000 87etb w 87 0119 w 11110010100
34 B B 34 0066 B 10001011000 88can x 88 0120 x 11110010010
35 C C 35 0067 C 10001000110 89em y 89 0121 y 11011011110
36 D D 36 0068 D 10110001000 90sub z 90 0122 z 11011110110
37 E E 37 0069 E 10001101000 91esc { 91 0123 { 11110110110
38 F F 38 0070 F 10001100010 92fs | 92 0124 | 10101111000
39 G G 39 0071 G 11010001000 93gs } 93 0125 } 10100011110
40 H H 40 0072 H 11000101000 94rs ~ 94 0126 ~ 10001011110
41 I I 41 0073 I 11000100010 95us del 95 0200 E 10111101000
42 J J 42 0074 J 10110111000 96Fnc 3 Fnc 3 96 0201 E 10111100010
43 K K 43 0075 K 10110001110 97Fnc 2 Fnc2 97 0202 E 11110101000
44 L L 44 0076 L 10001101110 98Shift Shift 98 0203 E 11110100010
45 M M 45 0077 M 10111011000 99Code C Code C 99 0204 I 10111011110
46 N N 46 0078 N 10111000110 100Code B Fnc 4 Code B 0205 I 10111101110
47 O O 47 0079 O 10001110110 101Fnc 4 Code A Code A 0206 I 11101011110
48 P P 48 0080 P 11101110110 102Fnc 1 Fnc 1 Fnc 1 0207 I 11110101110
49 Q Q 49 0081 Q 11010001110 103Start A Start A Start A 0208 D 11010000100
50 R R 50 0082 R 11000101110 104Start B Start B Start B 0209 N 11010010000
51 S S 51 0083 S 11011101000 105Start C Start C Start C 0210 O 11010011100
52 T T 52 0084 T 11011100010 106Stop Stop Stop 0211 O 1100011101011
53 U U 53 0085 U 11011101110

Exemple of checksum with use of table B for : ZB65
104 + (1 x 58) + (2 x 34) + (3 x 22) + (4 x 21) = 380
380 / 103 = 3, remainder 71 which is the value of the key.

Version 2.00 of the font : The code of characters 95 and following was modified compared to the version 1.00. The encoding function was modified consequently.

Bar code making.

Since we can create the bar code pattern it remains us to draw it on the screen and to print it on a paper sheet. Two approaches are possible :

All the found 128 barcodes on the net (Incomplete demonstration font) aren't free, several times expensive, and with uncertain quality; the width module isn't always permanent  in the font definition. I've decided consequently to draw entirely a 128 font and to propose it for download. I test it on a laser printer with size 17, what gives a small barcode with a width of about 1,7 mm/car, result : reading at 100% ! On a good inkjet printer, we can go down (He yes !) to the size 15 what give a character width of 1,5mm.

The font " code128.ttf "

This font contain the 107 patterns of the code. The START and STOP codes include the margins.

Copy this file
in the font directory,
often named :
C:\WINDOWS\FONTS

Structure of a 128 barcode

A 128 barcode will be build up in the following way :

A small program to test all that


Note optimization of "3754" to "EV" of the table C

Here is a small program
written with Visual Basic 6.
The setup file copy the
program, the Visual Basic
dependencies, the source
files and the font.

 

Setup file :

ZIP file without setup :

This test program does not manage the ASCII control codes, it use the tables B & C with optimization length of the code obtained.


The Code128$ function can be re-used in an other program written with Visual Basic 6 ; it can also be copied  as it is in a VBA macro linked to an Excel or Word document.  (See the note about the version)
Public Function Code128$(chaine$)
  'V 2.0.0
  'Parametres : une chaine
  'Parameters : a string
  'Retour : * une chaine qui, affichee avec la police CODE128.TTF, donne le code barre
  '         * une chaine vide si parametre fourni incorrect
  'Return : * a string which give the bar code when it is dispayed with CODE128.TTF font
  '         * an empty string if the supplied parameter is no good
  Dim i%, checksum&, mini%, dummy%, tableB As Boolean
  Code128$ = ""
  If Len(chaine$) > 0 Then
  'Verifier si caracteres valides
  'Check for valid characters
    For i% = 1 To Len(chaine$)
      Select Case Asc(Mid$(chaine$, i%, 1))
      Case 32 To 126, 203
      Case Else
        i% = 0
        Exit For
      End Select
    Next
    'Calculer la chaine de code en optimisant l'usage des tables B et C
    'Calculation of the code string with optimized use of tables B and C
    Code128$ = ""
    tableB = True
    If i% > 0 Then
      i% = 1 'i% devient l'index sur la chaine / i% become the string index
      Do While i% <= Len(chaine$)
        If tableB Then
          'Voir si interessant de passer en table C / See if interesting to switch to table C
          'Oui pour 4 chiffres au debut ou a la fin, sinon pour 6 chiffres / yes for 4 digits at start or end, else if 6 digits
          mini% = IIf(i% = 1 Or i% + 3 = Len(chaine$), 4, 6)
          GoSub testnum
          If mini% < 0 Then 'Choix table C / Choice of table C
            If i% = 1 Then 'Debuter sur table C / Starting with table C
              Code128$ = Chr$(210)
            Else 'Commuter sur table C / Switch to table C
              Code128$ = Code128$ & Chr$(204)
            End If
            tableB = False
          Else
            If i% = 1 Then Code128$ = Chr$(209) 'Debuter sur table B / Starting with table B
          End If
        End If
        If Not tableB Then
          'On est sur la table C, essayer de traiter 2 chiffres / We are on table C, try to process 2 digits
          mini% = 2
          GoSub testnum
          If mini% < 0 Then 'OK pour 2 chiffres, les traiter / OK for 2 digits, process it
            dummy% = Val(Mid$(chaine$, i%, 2))
            dummy% = IIf(dummy% < 95, dummy% + 32, dummy% + 105)
            Code128$ = Code128$ & Chr$(dummy%)
            i% = i% + 2
          Else 'On n'a pas 2 chiffres, repasser en table B / We haven't 2 digits, switch to table B
            Code128$ = Code128$ & Chr$(205)
            tableB = True
          End If
        End If
        If tableB Then
          'Traiter 1 caractere en table B / Process 1 digit with table B
          Code128$ = Code128$ & Mid$(chaine$, i%, 1)
          i% = i% + 1
        End If
      Loop
      'Calcul de la cle de controle / Calculation of the checksum
      For i% = 1 To Len(Code128$)
        dummy% = Asc(Mid$(Code128$, i%, 1))
        dummy% = IIf(dummy% < 127, dummy% - 32, dummy% - 105)
        If i% = 1 Then checksum& = dummy%
        checksum& = (checksum& + (i% - 1) * dummy%) Mod 103
      Next
      'Calcul du code ASCII de la cle / Calculation of the checksum ASCII code
      checksum& = IIf(checksum& < 95, checksum& + 32, checksum& + 105)
      'Ajout de la cle et du STOP / Add the checksum and the STOP
      Code128$ = Code128$ & Chr$(checksum&) & Chr$(211)
    End If
  End If
  Exit Function
testnum:
  'si les mini% caracteres a partir de i% sont numeriques, alors mini%=0
  'if the mini% characters from i% are numeric, then mini%=0
  mini% = mini% - 1
  If i% + mini% <= Len(chaine$) Then
    Do While mini% >= 0
      If Asc(Mid$(chaine$, i% + mini%, 1)) < 48 Or Asc(Mid$(chaine$, i% + mini%, 1)) > 57 Then Exit Do
      mini% = mini% - 1
    Loop
  End If
Return
End Function 

In order to test this function with Excel, here's a sample file : and with Open Office :

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The EAN.UCC 128 codes.

These are codes 128 whose content is standardized and correspond to a use in the field of logistic. An EAN128 code starts with the Fnc1 character followed by one or several fields of data. Each field starts with an AI (Application Identifier) which announce the field content (Number of parcel or durability date for examples) followed by the data themselves. These datas are length fixed or variable, numerical or alphanumeric, with or without checksum and all this according to each AI. If a field is with variable length, that the maximum length isn't used and that it is not the last field, then it must be followed by a Fnc1 character. Some AI requires that the datas are followed by a checksum; this one is computed in the following way :

    The digits are numbered from right to left, then we compute X the sum of even digits and Y the sum of odd digits.
    Let's calculate z = x + 3 * y
    Let m the number divisible by 10 immediately superior to z
    The checksum is : m - z

I have written  a small program allowing to create easily EAN128 codes and holding account of these characteristics.

Setup file :

ZIP file wihout setup :


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