[thelist] Using JavaScript for non-clickable email addresses

Matt Warden mwarden at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 14:19:49 CST 2005


On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 11:52:38 -0400, Sarah Sweeney
<mr.sanders at designshift.com> wrote:
> >>Would bots be able to harvest the email address
> >>anyway?
> >
> > Sure could.
> So is this a technique that people have used in the past and email
> harvesters have learned to work around? Or it is something they *might*
> learn to work around in the future?

I highly doubt any harvesters can handle this method currently. No
programmer would bother with it, because no one is using it.

The flip side of that is: as soon as you use it, they'll add support for it.

Not to mention that you are assuming that the client supports the
mailto: peudo-protocol. My FF on linux does not. I'm sure I could set
it up if I cared, but I don't. I get a nice "mailto: is not a
supported protocol" dialog and decide it's not worth emailing
(assuming the email address is not available there in text).

Trying to keep addresses from being harvested is a losing battle, in
my book. It's better to devise systems to easily identify spam as it
comes in (like, for instance, the method gmail uses).

Matt Warden
Miami University
Oxford, OH, USA

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