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PDF417 (Portable Data File) is a stacked linear two-dimensional barcode used in a variety of applications; primarily transport, postal, identification card and inventory management. It was invented by Ynjiun Wang at Symbol Technologies in 1991, and has spawned an Open Source decoder project together with an Open Source encoder. The PDF417 barcode is also called a symbol barcode and usually consists of 3 to 90 rows, each of which is like a small linear bar code. For more information on this symbology, refer to its Official Standard web page.


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