The EANJK font can be used to print UPC and EAN bar codes – used for product marking. A specification of these, numbers only, bar codes can be found at BARCODE Island.

One can not get a correct bar code for a given message by printing it directly using the EANJK font. You can use the enclosed Perl script ean.pl, or the Visual Basic script EAN.VBS, to convert a string into the correct form to be used with the EANJK font. If you are not using these scripts, the string to be printed should be generated as follows:

Using the specification, identify parities etc for each digit in the code (note that the first digit in the EAN code is encoded in the parity of the others). Encode the message using the following table:

EANJK characters
Character Used in
Digits 0 to 9 UPC A left hand
EAN left hand A
Supplemental odd parity
Letters a to j UPC E even parity
EAN left hand B
Supplemental even parity
Letters A to J UPC A right hand
UPC E odd parity
EAN right hand
| Left and right hand guard bars
- Center guard pattern
} UPC E right hand guard bars
[ Supplemental left hand guard bars
: Supplemental character delineator
Space Separates UPC/EAN code and supplemental

Example: the EAN 13 code 9780201101744 with supplemental 52295 should be printed as the string "|7ia2a1-BABHEE| [5:2:c:j:5" using the EANJK font.

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