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RE: Hiding email addresses in an accessible way

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 15:26:05 +0100
To: "'wai-ig list'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> I personally take the entity-encoded example a step further and
> URL-encode parts of the email link as well. An example:
> <a href="m&#97;ilto:username&#37;40hostname&#37;2ecom">username<abbr
> title=" at ">@</abbr>hostname<abbr title=" dot ">.</abbr>com</a>
> I have no idea how "smart" email harvesters are these days, but it
> probably isn't worth the effort for them to decode this kind of address
> considering how many plain-text emails are available.

I can assure you that there are some very smart ones out there. The above
will be processed correctly by those, and also by simpler ones built around
HTML-processing libraries.
Received on Monday, 18 August 2003 10:21:46 UTC

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