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RE: Accessibility and mailto links

From: Marjolein Katsma <access@javawoman.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2001 19:01:51 +0200
Message-Id: <4.3.2.7.2.20010605185427.037cded0@pop.javawoman.com>
To: "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Charles,

At 09:25 2001-06-05 -0700, Charles F. Munat wrote:
>One thing that no-one seems to have mentioned in this thread is the problem
>with email address scraping.

Not really a proble if you know how to fool the scrapers.

They need a "text" email address in your page source) code. All you need to do is to URL-encode the email address (even partially: just encoding the '@' would already fool most crapers); most email clients (as opposed to scraping robots) have no problem with it. (Some links checkers do - ignore them.)

In fact, this is *so* easy (and well-published) I did not even think of mentioning it. Once your address has been scraped, it's precious little use "hiding" it though: it just gets passed around by spammers - on those fancy CD's you get al the spam about!

Cheers,

Marjolein Katsma
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Received on Tuesday, 5 June 2001 13:02:18 GMT

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