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AIM BC-4

1999 Edition, December 4, 1999

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INTERNATIONAL SYMBOLOGY SPECIFICATION - CODE 128



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This is the AIM specification for Code 128. The most current specification for Code 128 can be found in the ISO standard at Unless you are required to have the AIM document you are urged to use the ISO standard to ensure you have the most current and complete information.

More condensed than Code 39, Code 128 is suitable for encoding general purpose alphanumeric and full ASCII data and provides high information density encodation of numeric data strings. A new feature permits encodation of extended ASCII for non-English language characters. Reference symbology for UCC/EAN Serial Shipping Container Symbol and all UCC/EAN secondary identification symbols employing application identifiers.

Character encodation (code sets A, B, and C), reference decode algorithm and optional check character calculation are included in this document.

This specification is intended to be significantly identical to the corresponding Commission for European Normalization (CEN) specification.