Dear Terry,

Some thoughts regarding your GDDM question...

GDDM output is fully compatible with IPDS printers. One of the easiest methods 
to accommodate the need for a barcode in your program would be to use the DDS 
barcode keyword, calling for the appropriate barcode, in a DDS object added to 
your current printer file.

Another possibility would be to use the Advanced Printer Function capability 
described in the ADTS/400 User Manual. This feature supports the creation of a 
limited set of bar codes as raster graphics objects that can be printed on 
non-IPDS printers such as the 5224 and 5225. It might be possible to link an 
APF generated bar code into your GDDM program because the APF bar code is 
created in a graphics format.

A more involved solution would be to create the bar code yourself using the 
GDDM bar chart support. You would need to get the specification for the 
particular bar code symbology that you needed to produce to get the math 
correct for creating the bar codes.

You could also decide to use printers with internal bar code creation 
capabilities. All you would need to do was to add a text string that would 
activate the bar code in the printer at the position in your GDDM graphic 
document where the bar code was required.

Best of luck with the project.

Paul Tykodi, Technical Director                 E-mail:
Intermate US Inc.                                    Tel: 603-431-0606
140 Congress St., #2                                Fax: 603-436-6432
Portsmouth, NH  03801-4019

Date:   Thu, 16 Sep 1999 07:51:39 -0400
From:   Terry Richardson <>
Subject:        Calling all GDDM experts

Hopefully someone out there can tell me if it's at all possible to produce a
barcode with GDDM.  We have a program that produces gift certificates, and a
request has come in to place a barcode on these.  Rather than trash this
program and write it with IPDS commands, I'd prefer to modify it.  I'm not
too optimistic, since the GDDM programming guide and reference manuals do not 
make any mention of barcodes.  Any ideas, or am I SOL?  
Terry Richardson
Sr. P/A
The Orvis Company, Inc.

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