Barcode Guide

Symbology Standards in Industry

In the 1970s, barcode and scanner technology began to come into widespread use, and many companies were issuing their own codes and equipment for their own specialized applications. However, because there were no commonly accepted standards industry-wide, problems arose when, for example, a manufacturer used a symbology that was printed in such a way that the retailer's scanner could not scan it. The need for uniformity, precision, and accuracy became paramount. Industry standards provide a way to communicate business data quickly, efficiently, and accurately among business partners.

The word "standard" has different meanings. This topic describes the differences between technical standards and application standards.

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