Tool for encrypting/decrypting with an encrypting (or coding) disc also called dial (or wheel), a visual tool facilitating mono-alphabetic substitution.
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Tag(s) : Substitution Cipher
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A cipher disc is a mechanical tool made up of 2 dials (1 inner disc and 1 outer disc) making it possible to represent a mono-alphabetic substitution by rotating the discs relative to each other. The alignment of the boxes thus obtained indicates the correspondence of the letters. Here is an example of an (empty) disk that can be filled with the 26 letters of the alphabet
Generally, at least 1 of the 2 discs contains the alphabet in its classic order: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ, the second can be different and contain a disordered alphabet.
Often, the inner disk is used as a reference for the plain letters, and the outer disk is used for the coded letters.
Select a position for the disc (by rotating the inner or outer dial) and the reference disc for the plain message letters.
For each letter of the message to be encrypted, locate the letter on the plain disc and note the corresponding letter located opposite on the encrypted disc.
Position the disc at a defined offset.
For each letter of the coded message, locate the letter on the encrypted disc and note the corresponding letter opposite on the plain disc.
Choosing the position of the disc means indicating which letters correspond to which others. There are several methods:
— Give a 2-letter key, defining a couple (plain letter-encrypted letter), the user must then align the 2 letters before starting an encryption (or decryption).
— Give only one letter, the second letter omitted being the plain letter A.
— Give a number, defining the offset value of the rotating disk (usually exterior) with respect to the fixed disk (usually interior), a positive value indicating the clockwise direction and a negative value indicating the counterclockwise direction.
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Cipher Disk/Wheel on dCode.fr [online website], retrieved on 2022-08-08,