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Re: Hiding mailto: links


From: Jared Smith
Date: Feb 26, 2007 8:30PM

On 2/26/07, Dejan Kozina < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> I stumbled upon this:
> http://www.htaccesselite.com/htaccess/use-htaccess-to-hide-mailto-links-vt181.html
> and just can't make up my mind if it makes sense or not.

I don't see that this technique has any direct accessibility issues.
As long as the link label is descriptive, it will appear as a normal
link in the browser, but when clicked it will redirect to the mailto:

Of course, this doesn't account for the fact that mailto: links no
longer really work on the many computers (perhaps the majority of
computers?) that do not have an e-mail client configured. So, the
bigger issue would probably be the use of the mailto link itself, not
the fact that the server is rewriting the URL.

Also, the e-mail address is still being sent to the browser, so this
doesn't guarantee that it won't be picked up by harvesters.

Jared Smith