On Mon, 2010-06-14 at 08:26 -0400, David Mehler wrote:

> Hi,
> Thanks. How does putting the email address as the same font as the
> text stop crawlers from getting it?
> Thanks.
> Dave.
> On 6/14/10, Ashley Sheridan <a...@ashleysheridan.co.uk> wrote:
> > On Mon, 2010-06-14 at 08:02 -0400, David Mehler wrote:
> >
> >> Hello,
> >> I've got a site that is needing to have two email addresses on it, one
> >> for general contact and information and the other for webmaster for
> >> site problems. I do not want these addresses to become harvested by
> >> spammers yet i want to make it possible for people to email if needed.
> >> I can not use javascript for this solution.
> >> Suggestions appreciated.
> >> Thanks.
> >> Dave.
> >>
> >
> >
> > If Javascript isn't a solution (which I can understand for accessibility
> > reasons) then the only method I've seen that seems to work is to have
> > the email as an image in the same font style as it would be on the page
> > if it were just text. Facebook uses this to display contact email
> > addresses for people, and I've seen it used elsewhere also. The only
> > other method I've seen is to add in extra characters with a small note
> > to humans to remove them, but I find this quite a messy solution.
> >
> > Unfortunately, you can't get away with just a contact form these days if
> > you're a business, as it's a legal requirement in some countries to have
> > a contact details available, and not just a contact form.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Ash
> > http://www.ashleysheridan.co.uk
> >
> >
> >

Hope you don't mind, I've copied the list back on in this reply.

What Facebook used to do (it doesn't seem to any more for some reason)
is have a small image with the email address on, and the filename is a
random string of letters and numbers. Presumably the thought is that the
spiders that spammers use to harvest email addresses won't be using OCR
on every image it comes across to detect an email address as that would
be too time-consuming for them.


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