News nybble: QrCode bins MeCards, picks up vCards

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Kevin Wells’ application QrCode has been updated to version 1.06, in which MeCard support – only very recently added – has been dropped in favour of vCard support. The latter Virtual Contact File (VCF) format is more flexible, offering more fields, and is more widely used. At the same time, Kevin has switched from BBC BASIC to Brandy BASIC for the application, as a means to extend the length of text strings he can use.

The application is used to generate QR (Quick Response) Codes. These are two dimensional bar codes that are often used to share more information than a normal bar code can hold – with contact details being a widely used example. The software does this by using Wget to pass the information to be encoded to the goQR website.