Does data matrix barcode with hexa decimal data needs to have ^CI0 encoding?

We have 2 set of zpl streams being passed to a printer. We have a data matrix barcode with hexadeciaml value and we have not used any encoding to print same but we are sending another set of ZPL streams to printer with ^CI28 encoding but not setting back to ^CI0

Few/One of the labels got printed successfully and barcodes are scannable but post few iterations, the barcodes are not scanabledue to ^CI0 encoding missing for the data matrix barcode.

We did make the change as per approach #2 and it worked but we would like to understand that

#a. is the 2nd ZPL stream (2nd ^XA -.. ^XZ) not expected to set ^CI0 at the end so that subsequent ZPL streams sent to printers are not impacted?

#b. is it required to have ^CI0 before the data matrix barcode call and if it has hexa decimal value? I could not find this approach in ZPL guide

#1 Approach

^XA

^FO775,275

^BXN,5,200,,,,*

^FH^FD_44_45^FS

^XZ

^XA

^LH0,1850

^CI28

^FO0,0^A0N,50,50^FH^FD ^FS

^FO120,60^A0N,50,50^FH^FDABC ^FS

^XZ

#2 Approach

^XA

^FO775,275

^CI0

^BXN,5,200,,,,*

^FH^FD_44_45^FS

^XZ

^XA

^LH0,1850

^CI28

^FO0,0^A0N,50,50^FH^FD ^FS

^FO120,60^A0N,50,50^FH^FDABC ^FS

^XZ

#3 Approach

^XA

^FO775,275

^BXN,5,200,,,,*

^FH^FD_44_45^FS

^XZ

^XA

^LH0,1850

^CI28

^FO0,0^A0N,50,50^FH^FD ^FS

^FO120,60^A0N,50,50^FH^FDABC ^FS

^CI0

^XZ

Thank you.

Anonymous (not verified)
Hi Satyabrat,  It is

Hi Satyabrat,  It is important to keep in mind that the ^CI command persists label to label.  It remembers what it was last set to at any given time.  That being said, it should not effect hex encoded barcodes.  In fact I tried and could not reproduce the issue.  All the barcodes printed the exact  same for me. I ran it through a dozen times using #1 approach and #2.  Are you sure there is nothing else modifying it?  Can you send some example printouts of the good and bad barcodes?

Robin

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