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WD2000: How to Read Postal Bar Codes

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SUMMARY
This article describes how to read a postal bar code in order to determinewhether Microsoft Word created a correct postal bar code.
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A postal bar code is composed of three main components: framing bars,number bars, and checksum bars.

The first bar on the left side and the last bar on the right side of thepostal bar code are framing bars for the postal bar code. You can ignorethese.

To read the bar code, start with the second bar. Group the bars intogroups of five bars each. Each number in a postal bar code consists of five bars.

The following address is used as an example:
||,|,,|,,|,||,,,,|,|,,,|,|,||,,,,||,|,|,,|,|,,||,,,,,,|||,,|,|
Microsoft Corporation
1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA. 98052-6399

Postal Bar Code Legend

| represents a tall bar
, represents a short bar
   Number   Bar code          Number    Bar code   -----------------          ------------------     0       ||,,,              5        ,|,|,     1       ,,,||              6        ,||,,     2       ,,|,|              7        |,,,|     3       ,,||,              8        |,,|,     4       ,|,,|              9        |,|,,				

Breakdown of Sample Bar Code

+-- Framing Bar                                             Framing Bar --+|                                                                         ||                                                                         |v                                                                         v| |,|,, |,,|, ||,,, ,|,|, ,,|,| ,||,, ,,||, |,|,, |,|,, ||,,, ,,,|| |,,|, |  ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----    9     8     0     5     2     6     3     9     9     0     1     8    -------------------------     -------------------     -------    ---             Zip Code                   Zip+4             Last      Check-                                                          Two       sum                                                          Digits    Digit                                                          of                                                          Street                                                          Address                                                           -or-                                                          Multi-                                                          Unit                                                          Digits				
The checksum is the smallest number that, when added to the total of theother digits, gives a result that is a multiple of 10. The checksum inthis example is 8. When you add 8 to 52 (the sum of the other digits), theresult is 60, a multiple of 10.

For information about multi-unit digits, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
220548 WD2000: USPS Changes Postal Bar Code Requirements for Multi-Unit Buildings
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Article ID: 214181 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 12:30:13 - Revision: 1.0

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