Re: Ewellic

From: Jim Allan (
Date: Wed Nov 12 2003 - 19:14:22 EST

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    Philippe Verdy wrote:

    >From: "Jim Allan" <>
    >>But if, in your opinion Theban and 3of9 bar code is on the cipher side
    >>of a line and Ewellic is on the other side I would like to know the
    >>logic on which this line is drawn.
    >With that definition,
    >BarCodes are not a script, as they're a technical convention (similar to the
    >Unicode assignment of arbitrary numeric codepoints to characters) which in
    >itself has no semantic, but is used to represent a script (or another) in
    >order to be read by automated devices that will decode it to render it back
    >as a character or something else. Also Barcodes have strict technical glyph
    >constraints which do not qualify them as abstract characters.
    The common 3of9 bar code are normally implemented in a font in which the
    bar code characters are placed in the position of the corresponding
    ASCII or EBCDIC characters. This is a simple cipher fonts and the bar
    code characters are unique representations of uppercase Latin letters
    and digits. They are simply bar code versions of the abstract
    characters. Each character has a semantic: A, B, C and so forth.

    In short, 3of9 bar code is normally treated as a font style and the text
    is rendered by changing to an appropriate font.

    The text for the bar code is coded as pure ASCII or EBCDIC plain text
    and probably now sometimes as Unicode text.

    There are no constraints on plain text to be output in 3of9 bar code
    format other than that the characters must be limited to those
    representable by the bar code and each bar code line or portion of text
    to be displayed as 3of9 bar code must begin and end with the character
    conventionally assigned to asterisk. This character may not be used
    internally in the line.

    Some other kinds of bar codes are more complex, involving built-in
    checksums or different cipher characters in the first half and and
    second half of the bar code. But all that I have worked with are
    principally ciphers of a kind with certain formatting constraints.

    Jim Allan

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