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ReadSymbology Event

Occurs for every barcode symbology read.
public event EventHandler<BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs> ReadSymbology 
@property (nonatomic, weak, nullable) id<LTReadSymbologyDelegate> delegate 
public void addReadSymbologyListener(BarcodeReadSymbologyListener listener) 
public void removeReadSymbologyListener(BarcodeReadSymbologyListener listener) 
event EventHandler<BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs^>^ ReadSymbology 
def ReadSymbology(sender,e): # sender: BarcodeReader e: BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs 
Event Data

The event handler receives an argument of type BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs containing data related to this event. The following BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs properties provide information specific to this event.

Data Gets the barcode data found.

Use the ReadSymbology event to obtain information and set the status of the current barcode read operation.

When you read barcodes using BarcodeReader.ReadBarcode or BarcodeReader.ReadBarcodes, the BarcodeReader object will fire the ReadSymbology event multiple times depending on the symbologies being read.

LEADTOOLS barcode reading is designed for speed; multiple barcode symbologies can be read (or searched for) in one operation as these barcodes have similar characteristics. Therefore, the symbologies being read are stored in a BarcodeSymbology array and obtained with the BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs.GetSymbologies method.

The following table lists the event members and their meaning:

Member Description

Can be either BarcodeReadSymbologyOperation.PreRead , when the BarcodeReader is about to try to read the symbologies or BarcodeReadSymbologyOperation.PreRead when the reader has finished reading the objects.


Will return the current symbologies being searched for or that have been read.


The BarcodeReadOptions or one of its derived classes that specify the options being used to read the symbologies. This could be the options passed through the read methods or the default options set in BarcodeReader.


A BarcodeData object that contains the data of the barcode found. Only valid if Operation is BarcodeReadSymbologyOperation.PostRead and no error occurred. Otherwise, it will be null (Nothing in Visual Basic).


An Exception object that contains any error encountered during the current operation. If no errors are encountered, then this member will be null (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The status of the operation. The BarcodeReader will always set this member to BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs.Continue, which means proceed to the next phase of the read operation. You can set this member to BarcodeReadSymbologyStatus.Skip to skip reading the current symbologies (only when BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs.Operation is BarcodeReadSymbologyOperation.PreRead) or to abort the whole read operation by setting it to BarcodeReadSymbologyStatus.Abort.


This example shows how to use ReadSymbology to get the current status of barcode reading.

using Leadtools; 
using Leadtools.Codecs; 
using Leadtools.Barcode; 
using Leadtools.ImageProcessing; 
public void BarcodeReader_ReadSymbologyExample() 
   string imageFileName = Path.Combine(LEAD_VARS.ImagesDir, "Barcode1.tif"); 
   // Create a Barcode engine 
   BarcodeEngine engine = new BarcodeEngine(); 
   // Get the Barcode reader instance 
   BarcodeReader reader = engine.Reader; 
   // Load the image 
   using (RasterCodecs codecs = new RasterCodecs()) 
      using (RasterImage image = codecs.Load(imageFileName, 0, CodecsLoadByteOrder.BgrOrGray, 1, 1)) 
         // Subscribe to the ReadSymbology event 
         reader.ReadSymbology += new EventHandler<BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs>(reader_ReadSymbology); 
         // Read all barcodes in the image 
         reader.ReadBarcodes(image, LeadRect.Empty, 0, null); 
         reader.ReadSymbology -= new EventHandler<BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs>(reader_ReadSymbology); 
private void reader_ReadSymbology(object sender, BarcodeReadSymbologyEventArgs e) 
   if (e.Operation == BarcodeReadSymbologyOperation.PreRead) 
      // Before reading, show the symbologies the engine is going to try to read 
      Console.WriteLine("Trying to read the following symbologies:"); 
      BarcodeSymbology[] symbologies = e.GetSymbologies(); 
      for (int i = 0; i < symbologies.Length; i++) 
         if (i != (symbologies.Length - 1)) 
            Console.Write(", "); 
   else if (e.Operation == BarcodeReadSymbologyOperation.PostRead) 
      if (e.Error == null) 
         // No errors 
         BarcodeData barcode = e.Data; 
         if (barcode != null) 
            // Found a barcode, show it 
            Console.WriteLine("  {0} at {1} with data {2}", barcode.Symbology, barcode.Bounds, barcode.Value); 
            Console.WriteLine("  No barcodes found"); 
         // Show the error 
         Console.WriteLine("Error: {0}", e.Error.Message); 
         // Tell the reader top stop reading barcodes 
         e.Status = BarcodeReadSymbologyStatus.Abort; 
static class LEAD_VARS 
   public const string ImagesDir = @"C:\LEADTOOLS22\Resources\Images"; 

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