Updated 4 Dec 2011

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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QR codes

A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside of the industry due to its fast readability and comparatively large storage capacity. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of any kind of data (e.g., binary, alphanumeric, or Kanji symbols).

Created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. It was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.

The technology has seen frequent use in Japan; the United Kingdom is the seventh-largest consumer of QR codes in the world.

1. Go to Generator qrcode.kaywa.com
2. Type in Message:
Wirksworth Website by John Palmer
Census, PRs, old photos of this large parish

3. Submit
4. Copy QR code to PC
1. Go to Reader www.onlinebarcodereader.com
2. Upload your QR file
3. Send file
4. Message is:
Wirksworth Website by John Palmer <br> www.wirksworth.org.uk <br> 1600-1900 <br> Census, PRs, old photos of this large parish <br>

URL message:
URL message:

Compiled, formatted, hyperlinked, encoded, and copyright © 2011, John Palmer All Rights Reserved.


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Vic Brocklehurst writes on 04 Dec 2011:
Hi John:
I've been using QR's - and have generated a few of my own just to see how much info can be put into a small QR - for a couple of months.

I think they have limited value on web pages. They're handy if the web page owner is offering an "app." I've been on commercial web pages using my PC or netbook and have come across that firm's offer of an app that I would like to try on my mobile phone. Out comes the mobile phone, scans the QR, and download begins quickly. Much quicker than having to type out a complicated URL or software title on the phone keyboard.

The other places I've scanned QR's are in magazine and newspaper adverts. Have seen them for competition entries on cold drink cans, tried them all, but no prizes yet. They'd probably be useful on book covers giving access to the author's website. Perhaps if Wirksworth Council or Wirksworth Parish Church magazine even gives you free publicity in their literature you could ask them to include a QR, and let it route folk via a counting widget to your main web page!

Recently spotted one on an end-of-aisle product display in a supermarket near Peterborough but the product was of no interest so I didn't bother to test it. I wondered how many customers would actually stop to take out their phones, perhaps blocking the aisle, to scan?

Now, if there was a Wirksworth app for my mobile..... mind you, the www.wirksworth.org.uk displays well on my Sony Ericsson phone!