The GS1 Data Matrix uses a special start combination to differentiate the GS1 DataMatrix symbol from other Data Matrix ECC 200 symbols. This is achieved by using the Function 1 Symbol Character (FNC1) in the first position of the encoded data. It enables scanners to process the information according to the GS1 System Rules.
The following properties are specific to the GS1 DataMatrix type and available in the Properties panel under the Symbology property:
- FNC1 Functional Character
Specifies the symbol (or set of symbols) in the bar code text that will be replaced with the FNC1 functional character when the bar code’s bars are drawn.
- Human-Readable Text
Specifies whether or not parentheses should be included in the bar code’s text to improve the readability of the bar code’s text.
- Matrix Size
Specifies the bar code matrix size.