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    Hidding email addresses (2000)

    Ok, we all know spam is a problem. My way of fighting is has been to change the Mailto: source by replacing the @ with @ and the . with . (slaes@internet.com to slaes@internet.com). This has worked fine for years. Now I decided to get fancy with the company web site and create forms for the different pages/products. The forms will not work if I use the ASCII characters, I get and error 533 invalid domain. If I change them back to @ and . then all is well.
    Does anyone know why a frontpage form does not work with this, BTW it has been frontpage 98 and 2000 all along that we have used. How about a work around? I know HTTP, CSS and JS but not ASP or PHP.
    The web site is located at http://www.diversifiedplastics.com

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    Re: Hidding email addresses (2000)

    By the way, the Lounge converts %+number into the corresponding character, which makes your post a bit difficult to understand. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Sorry, I can't answer your question about FrontPage's "webbots" for forms, but in other threads I think I've seen that after you close the dialog you can very carefully tinker with the code in the page. Not sure if that's possible or helpful in this case.

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    Re: Hidding email addresses (2000)

    The solution suggested in <post#=349252>post 349252</post#> may work for you.
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    Re: Hidding email addresses (2000)

    I have the ability rot do that via an encoder (or typing in plain old ASCII or other module) the problem is that it is not working in Frontpage forms feature.
    Any other ideas?

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    Re: Hidding email addresses (2000)

    I apologize, I had not noticed the conversion of % 4 0 to @ when I previewed. My bad, it has been a rough month.
    so I am looking for a way to make "slaes@internet.com" into "slaes% 4 0 internet % 2 ecom" without the spaces.
    This is to be hidden in the HTML so webbots and spiders cannot harvest the email addresses. On the web page the user will only see the form and the "submit" form.
    A page of the web site that this is on is located at http://www.diversifiedplastics.com/gecet.htm

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    Re: Hidding email addresses (2000)

    This issue of "Woody's Office Watch" also has some good ideas.
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    Re: Hidding email addresses (2000)

    I used the encoder form, and followed instructions. In FP I replaced the address with the encoded form. But, when I saved the page in FP it converted it to the email address, so that's what got posted. How can I prevent that?

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    Re: Hidding email addresses (2000)

    I can't help you with overriding the FP dialogs, but what if you edit the @ sign directly in the HTML pane? Does it get rewritten then?

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    Re: Hidding email addresses (2000)

    Thanks, that seems to have worked. I replaced the @ in the mailto: as follws mailto:miqqi@gilbert1.net - will that protect me enough? My university address is completely blown, but I'd hate for my own url addressses [like that one] to become useless.

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    Re: Hidding email addresses (2000)

    > will that protect me enough?

    In a word, "No. " If you publish your address in any recognizable format, it will be harvested and abused. I'm sure they've heard of this one and already know how to decode it. Sorry.

    You could try JavaScript. Take a look at <post#=106982>post 106982</post#>; the link cited there is obsolete, but the idea still works.

    To obscure even the username, which seems like a good idea these days, you could comb the web for code that implements ROT-13 or similar schemes to lightly scramble text. Hope this helps!

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