[microformats-discuss] hCard and spam

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Tue Jul 19 16:47:00 PDT 2005

On Jul 19, 2005, at 4:06 PM, Robert Bachmann wrote:

> I see a possible disadvantage of hCard usage.
> "mailto:" and "@" make it easy for spammers to collect email  
> addresses.
> I suposse a lot of email address collection programs uses either
> "mailto:" or "@" to recognize email addresses.
> But perhaps there is a work around:
> Instead of writing
>  <a class="email"
>  href="mailto:rbach at rbach.priv.at">rbach at rbach.priv.at</a>
> one could write:
>  <a class="e&#109;ail"
> href="&#109;ailto:rbach&#064;rbach.priv.at">rbach&#064;rbach.priv.at</ 
> a>

This is out of scope for hCard. You don't need hCard to do this, nor  
should it be required in hCard.


> It's still valid XHTML but AFAIK most email address collection  
> programs
> do not resolve entities.
> This is just a tought.
> Robert

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