[Ma-linux] Barcode scanners
jimsmaillists at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 18 08:35:20 EDT 2007
Hi everyone -
I am looking for a handheld barcode reader/scanner that will
work with Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Hopefully, the price
would be $200 or less, and the scanner would connect to the
computer with a USB cable.
I wrote a simple application several years ago that used a
barcode scanner. As I recall, the scanner behaved like a keyboard
as far as the OS was concerned - when you pull the trigger on
the scanner, the scanner reads the characters on the barcode,
translates them into ASCII characters, and feeds them to the OS
as if a human had typed the same characters on a keyboard.
Do scanners still behave this way? Will I need to install a
driver on my machine, or will the OS 'see' a new keyboard-like
device when I plug in the barcode scanner? Most, if not all,
scanners are compatible with Windows, but what about Linux and
OS X? Hopefully, a USB scanner will behave like a USB flash
drive or other USB device and 'just work' when you plug it in.
Thanks for your help.
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