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Re: Comments on draft-duerst-mailto-bis-04.txt, please

From: Felix Sasaki <fsasaki@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 10:22:49 +0900
Message-ID: <47A122E9.9030200@w3.org>
To: Mike Brown <mike@skew.org>
CC: uri@w3.org

Mike Brown wrote:
>>> A URL for this Internet-Draft is:
>>> http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-duerst-mailto-bis-04.txt
>>>       
>
> I thought I mentioned this before, but don't remember what the outcome was. 
> AFAIK, browsers pretty universally treat %40 as equivalent to "@" in mailto 
> URIs. Ofuscating email addresses in this way is even recommended as an 
> antispam practice to fool automated address harvesters:
>
> http://www.neilgunton.com/doc/spambot_trap (where I first read of it)
> http://www.csarven.ca/hiding-email-addresses
> http://www.rl-digital.com/2006/hide-email-address/
>
> and so on... Google turns up quite a few.
>
> Should the mailto I-D acknowledge this widespread equivalence in 
> implementations, even if it's not in keeping with the principle that "@" has a 
> reserved purpose and "%40" means something different?
>   

are you referring to this example in the draft?

Email address: "not@me"@example.org; corresponding mailto: URI:
   <mailto:%22not%40me%22@example.org>.

Felix
Received on Thursday, 31 January 2008 01:23:04 GMT

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