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Can I Encode Chinese Or Korean? - Feb 2017

Yes, it is. QR Codes can store data as binary and within that data you can encode in whatever character set you require. If you did encode in Chinese, when reading such data back, the reader must process it using the same character set it was encoded against. If this is done correctly, Chinese or Korean characters can be recognized correctly.

A QR Code can store the traditional and simplified Chinese characters and Hangul characters when the number of bits for coding a character is compacted to 13 bits, making it possible to generate codes efficiently (smaller-size QR Codes).

Although this is technically possible, when you create a QR Code in the 13-bit compaction mode or with data stored as binary in the Chinese character set, you may find that some basic scanners such as those within smartphones, will struggle to read the data.


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