Coding spider proof email addresses

  Awestruck 20:45 08 May 2005

How can I code email addresses on a website so that they cannot be read by spam spiders. I have used gif or jpeg pics of the email address but clients and visitors would prefer a live link. Live links always result in an avalanche of spam.

Awestruck 23:23 08 May 2005

is to have a php form. That way, the address is on the server not the site.

  tasslehoff burrfoot 21:47 09 May 2005

Apparently you can use ascii codes instead of "normal" characters e.g. instead of [email protected]. I seem to recall this requires a certain amount of trust in the users browser rendering this properly though.



  tasslehoff burrfoot 21:49 09 May 2005

the forum translated the ascii codes - the first [email protected] should have read abc &# 64 ; abc &# 46 ; com

Without the spaces.

  tasslehoff burrfoot 16:33 10 May 2005

didn't realise!


  Awestruck 19:52 10 May 2005

Thank you all for your help. As the website is for a business community I have about 120 email address to enter. As you can imagineIwould have to do an awful lot of work to encode these, even using the website suggested by fourm member.

Would it work if I put just 4 of the letters in each address as ascii code?

I will also explore the PHP recommended by barryoneoff.

Kind regards


  tasslehoff burrfoot 20:07 10 May 2005

you could just put the . and @ into ascii code


  harristweed 13:54 11 May 2005

I think email address hidding is essencial.

I now recieve up to 2,000 spam emails in every 24 period.
(95% blocked by the spam blocker my host supplies) but I still have to wade through 100 or so emails to find the 4 or 5 I want!

I wish i'd found Forum Members link sooner.

It is excellent.

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