# Encoding Extreme #3

While I was writing on a file on my Linux portable computer, the thing I was writing suddenly started to change!

Take a look at the file:

¶€µ€µ”€¶ ŧø ðø ænøŧħ€¶ @€n¢øð→nŋ €»ŧ¶€µ€@ đø¶ ŧøðæ←|


What happened to my computer or what did I do to "encode" the text?

And, what's written on the file?

(I didn't found any help on Google.)

You were holding one of the “alternate graphics” keys on your Canadian Multilingual Standard keyboard:

Note how the dark green glyph on the ‘R’ key is ¶, etc.

Only ‘E’ is different; I guess that one is vendor-specific or something.

• Oh, Canada. That didn't occur to me - nice one! This also doesn't explain the punctuation. – Will Mar 6 '16 at 21:30
• I suspect it’s really some spin-off of this layout we’re dealing with, or vice versa. I don’t exactly feel like tracking down which one. – Lynn Mar 6 '16 at 21:32

It's a simple substitution cipher where (most of) the symbols resemble the corresponding letter

Examples:
€ = E, ¢ = C, ŧ = T, ¶ = R

It appears to say

REMEMBER TO DO ANOTHER "ENCODING EXTREME" FOR TODAY.

• is it his PC or his pet dog? – manshu Mar 6 '16 at 20:31
• @manshu It was an untrained møøse. – Will Mar 6 '16 at 20:32