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HTML::Barcode - Render HTML representations of barcodes


  # HTML::Barcode::Code93 is just one example, there are others.
  my $code = HTML::Barcode::Code93->new(text => 'MONKEY');
  print $code->render;

See the documentation for the specific types of barcodes for detailed instructions.


This is a base class for creating HTML representations of barcodes. Do not use it directly. If you are looking to generate a barcode, please see one of the following modules instead:

Known Types

Here are the types of barcodes you can generate with this distribution. Others may exist, so try searching CPAN.

HTML::Barcode::QRCode - Two dimensional QR codes.
HTML::Barcode::DataMatrix - Two dimensional Data Matrix barcodes.
HTML::Barcode::Code93 - Code 93 barcodes.
HTML::Barcode::Code128 - Code 128 barcodes.


To add a new type of barcode, create a subclass of either HTML::Barcode::1D for traditional barcodes, HTML::Barcode::2D for 2-dimensional barcodes, or HTML::Barcode if neither of those suit your needs.

Use one of the existing modules as a starting point.

Required methods for your subclass


You need to either override this, or override the render_barcode method so it does not use this.

This should return an arrayref of true and false values (for "on" and "off"), or an arrayref of arrayrefs (for 2D).

It is not recommended to publish this method in your API.

Other methods

Feel free to override any other methods, or use method modifiers (around, before, after) as you see fit.


new (%attributes)

Default constructor provided by Moo, which can take values for any of the attributes.


This is a convenience routine which returns <style>...</style> tags and the rendered barcode.

If you are printing multiple barcodes or want to ensure your style tags are in your HTML headers, then you probably want to output the barcode and style separately with "render_barcode" and "css".


Returns only the rendered barcode. You will need to provide stylesheets separately, either writing them yourself or using the output of "css".


Returns CSS needed to properly display your rendered barcode.


These attributes can be passed to new, or used as accessors.


Required - The information to put into the barcode.


A CSS color value (e.g. '#000' or 'black') for the foreground. Default is '#000'.


A CSS color value background. Default is '#fff'.


A CSS value for the width of an individual bar. Default is '2px'.


A CSS value for the height of an individual bar. Default is '100px'.


Boolean. Indicates whether or not to render the text below the barcode.


The value for the class attribute applied to any container tags in the HTML (e.g. table or div). td tags within the table will have either css_class_on or css_class_off classes applied to them.

For example, if css_class is "barcode", you will get <table class="barcode"> and its cells will be either <td class="barcode_on"> or <td class="barcode_off">.


Boolean. Rather than rendering CSS stylesheets, embed the style information in HTML style attributes. You should not use this option without good reason, as it greatly increases the size of the generated markup, and makes it impossible to override with stylesheets.


Mark A. Stratman, <stratman@gmail.com>




Copyright 2011 Mark A. Stratman.

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