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1D code

Bar codes are one-dimensional bar codes. The information is located in the X-axis and is represented by bars, gaps and their widths.

There are bar codes that use only two bar and gap widths, these are the two-width codes, while others use multiple bar/gap widths. These barcodes are called multi width codes. The difference between the two barcodes is the density of information.

Two-width code (above) and multiple-width code.

Two-width code (above) and multiple-width code.

Two-width codes have a lower information density. They use width ratios of 2:1 and 3:1 for the two different widths. This means that the widest gap/bar is two or three times larger than the narrowest.

Multi width codes have a higher density of information and use several different widths for bars and gaps. Multi-width codes include the EAN code and Code 128, among others.

Englisch: 1D code
Updated at: 29.10.2012
#Words: 131
Links: information, gap, density, European article number (bar code) (EAN), code
Translations: DE

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