Barcode Font


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Guest

We use a 3 of 9 barcode font to generate labels via a mail merge and have had
no problems with it until we recently switched from an NT4 / Word 97
environment to an XP SP2 / Word 2003 SP2 environment. We now find that none
of the printed barcodes can be scanned. It appears that Word 2003 is now
adding a paragraph marker to the barcode text which causes the scan failure.
I have tried using other fonts without success. This problem doesn't affect
the use of the font in Access or Excel 2003.

Any ideas ?
 
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John McGhie [MVP - Word and Word Macintosh]

My only idea is that the paragraph marker in Word does not print, so it
can't be that.

It may be that the presence of paragraph formatting is altering the position
of the bar code.

More likely, the barcode font in use on the Windows XP machine is not the
correct one.

Sorry: No idea really...


On 28/3/06 7:43 PM, in article
(e-mail address removed), "Jeffrey Wood" <Jeffrey
We use a 3 of 9 barcode font to generate labels via a mail merge and have had
no problems with it until we recently switched from an NT4 / Word 97
environment to an XP SP2 / Word 2003 SP2 environment. We now find that none
of the printed barcodes can be scanned. It appears that Word 2003 is now
adding a paragraph marker to the barcode text which causes the scan failure.
I have tried using other fonts without success. This problem doesn't affect
the use of the font in Access or Excel 2003.

Any ideas ?

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Please reply to the newsgroup to maintain the thread. Please do not email
me unless I ask you to.

John McGhie <[email protected]>
Microsoft MVP, Word and Word for Macintosh. Consultant Technical Writer
Sydney, Australia +61 (0) 4 1209 1410
 
G

Guest

We are having the same problem, it seems to be an issue with the freeware
barcod39.ttf font and Word 2003. The font used to work without problem in
Word 97.

Characters that are normally hidden in Word (e.g. Paragraph markers, table
cell markers, field markers) are now being displayed (and printed) in the
Barcode font ( when paragraph markers are switched off. Strangely if you
switch paragraph markers on, where you would expect to see an end of line
paragraph marker it becomes blank.

I have tried the workaround suggested ...but this did not work.

Is there any other solution/workaround because we are reluctant to purchase
another font, change hundreds of templates and regression test everyhting
again??

I can supply the font and an example if anybody wants to see it.

Steve



John McGhie [MVP - Word and Word Macinto said:
My only idea is that the paragraph marker in Word does not print, so it
can't be that.

It may be that the presence of paragraph formatting is altering the position
of the bar code.

More likely, the barcode font in use on the Windows XP machine is not the
correct one.

Sorry: No idea really...


On 28/3/06 7:43 PM, in article
(e-mail address removed), "Jeffrey Wood" <Jeffrey
We use a 3 of 9 barcode font to generate labels via a mail merge and have had
no problems with it until we recently switched from an NT4 / Word 97
environment to an XP SP2 / Word 2003 SP2 environment. We now find that none
of the printed barcodes can be scanned. It appears that Word 2003 is now
adding a paragraph marker to the barcode text which causes the scan failure.
I have tried using other fonts without success. This problem doesn't affect
the use of the font in Access or Excel 2003.

Any ideas ?

--

Please reply to the newsgroup to maintain the thread. Please do not email
me unless I ask you to.

John McGhie <[email protected]>
Microsoft MVP, Word and Word for Macintosh. Consultant Technical Writer
Sydney, Australia +61 (0) 4 1209 1410
 
G

Guest

Just to say we've got exactly the same problem and hundreds of templates to
deal with. The only solution I've found is to Ctrl-Space every space, tab
and paragraph mark in the bar code font (this of course changes the font back
to the normal style). It's going to take a long time...

Steve said:
We are having the same problem, it seems to be an issue with the freeware
barcod39.ttf font and Word 2003. The font used to work without problem in
Word 97.

Characters that are normally hidden in Word (e.g. Paragraph markers, table
cell markers, field markers) are now being displayed (and printed) in the
Barcode font ( when paragraph markers are switched off. Strangely if you
switch paragraph markers on, where you would expect to see an end of line
paragraph marker it becomes blank.

I have tried the workaround suggested ...but this did not work.

Is there any other solution/workaround because we are reluctant to purchase
another font, change hundreds of templates and regression test everyhting
again??

I can supply the font and an example if anybody wants to see it.

Steve



John McGhie [MVP - Word and Word Macinto said:
My only idea is that the paragraph marker in Word does not print, so it
can't be that.

It may be that the presence of paragraph formatting is altering the position
of the bar code.

More likely, the barcode font in use on the Windows XP machine is not the
correct one.

Sorry: No idea really...


On 28/3/06 7:43 PM, in article
(e-mail address removed), "Jeffrey Wood" <Jeffrey
We use a 3 of 9 barcode font to generate labels via a mail merge and have had
no problems with it until we recently switched from an NT4 / Word 97
environment to an XP SP2 / Word 2003 SP2 environment. We now find that none
of the printed barcodes can be scanned. It appears that Word 2003 is now
adding a paragraph marker to the barcode text which causes the scan failure.
I have tried using other fonts without success. This problem doesn't affect
the use of the font in Access or Excel 2003.

Any ideas ?

--

Please reply to the newsgroup to maintain the thread. Please do not email
me unless I ask you to.

John McGhie <[email protected]>
Microsoft MVP, Word and Word for Macintosh. Consultant Technical Writer
Sydney, Australia +61 (0) 4 1209 1410
 
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Guest

I thought I'd let you know that I posted this on the Word Programming page
and have put together a macro that searches an entire document/template
(including headers, footers, tables and textboxes) and removes paragraph
marks, tabs and spaces in the bar code font we use (which are what is causing
the problem extra bar codes). You might want to copy and adapt this as
necessary. The thread is "Find/replace in all areas of document".

Martin said:
Just to say we've got exactly the same problem and hundreds of templates to
deal with. The only solution I've found is to Ctrl-Space every space, tab
and paragraph mark in the bar code font (this of course changes the font back
to the normal style). It's going to take a long time...

Steve said:
We are having the same problem, it seems to be an issue with the freeware
barcod39.ttf font and Word 2003. The font used to work without problem in
Word 97.

Characters that are normally hidden in Word (e.g. Paragraph markers, table
cell markers, field markers) are now being displayed (and printed) in the
Barcode font ( when paragraph markers are switched off. Strangely if you
switch paragraph markers on, where you would expect to see an end of line
paragraph marker it becomes blank.

I have tried the workaround suggested ...
Tools > Options > Edit tab
Uncheck "Use smart paragraph selection"
but this did not work.

Is there any other solution/workaround because we are reluctant to purchase
another font, change hundreds of templates and regression test everyhting
again??

I can supply the font and an example if anybody wants to see it.

Steve



John McGhie [MVP - Word and Word Macinto said:
My only idea is that the paragraph marker in Word does not print, so it
can't be that.

It may be that the presence of paragraph formatting is altering the position
of the bar code.

More likely, the barcode font in use on the Windows XP machine is not the
correct one.

Sorry: No idea really...


On 28/3/06 7:43 PM, in article
(e-mail address removed), "Jeffrey Wood" <Jeffrey
(e-mail address removed)> wrote:

We use a 3 of 9 barcode font to generate labels via a mail merge and have had
no problems with it until we recently switched from an NT4 / Word 97
environment to an XP SP2 / Word 2003 SP2 environment. We now find that none
of the printed barcodes can be scanned. It appears that Word 2003 is now
adding a paragraph marker to the barcode text which causes the scan failure.
I have tried using other fonts without success. This problem doesn't affect
the use of the font in Access or Excel 2003.

Any ideas ?

--

Please reply to the newsgroup to maintain the thread. Please do not email
me unless I ask you to.

John McGhie <[email protected]>
Microsoft MVP, Word and Word for Macintosh. Consultant Technical Writer
Sydney, Australia +61 (0) 4 1209 1410
 
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