Filtering out the leading zeroes in patron accounts

August 16th, 2010 by Brian Leave a reply »

We use Follett’s Destiny for our library management system. For the longest time student ID cards would not work when I scanned them because our district’s student information system added zeroes as padding at the beginning of ID numbers. Scan the card and Destiny would return an error because it doesn’t like zeroes. (Don’t ask me why – maybe a clique of zeroes told nasty rumors about Destiny in elementary school.)

Handscanners can be programmed by scanning specific barcodes. If you have a Honeywell handscanner, try scanning the following barcode if you’re having issues with leading zeroes:
the barcode in the attached Word document. Some browsers render the barcode all pixelly. Click here for the Word document. Print that and then scan away.

Your scanner should now filter out the leading zeroes.


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