How do you display barcodes in a TRIRIGA BIRT report?

Is it possible to display a set of stored numbers in a field as a barcode in a BIRT report using TRIRIGA data?

The current TRIRIGA BIRT report engine, 4.3.1, does not support displaying barcodes. However, there is a workaround that is not supported by IBM, and depends on customer report development skills to implement it. Note that we are publishing this information to make clients aware of the possible solution. IBM Support cannot assist in any way with implementing or troubleshooting this solution.

These are the basic steps and implementing it might require some changes depending on your report and environment:

  • 1. Use Dynamic Text element, and in the expression, put in the value for the field to be presented as a barcode (i.e. row[“triTask__triWorkTask____triIdTX”] if you want the ID to be presented as a barcode).
  • 2. Update the font property to use Code128. This is an open source font and available on the web, in case you do not have it already in your BIRT designer.
  • 3. After making all of the changes, save and export the report, making sure the .rptdesign file is in the root of the ZIP file, import it into Document Manager, and test it.

[Admin: This post is related to the 05.11.16 post about running the BIRT report ZIP in TRIRIGA.]

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