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stuartnorfolk

23 May 2007, 8:13 pm

Putting an email address on your website

Hi there - I am currently setting up a contact form on my site.

I am doing this because I understand that if I put a text version of my email address up, that it could be farmed and then I would probably receive loads of spam.

But wouldn’t an easier way around this be to have an email address as a graphic, instead of html text, or am I missing something here?

Stuart

Paul Everett

23 May 2007, 8:56 pm

Hi you could try the Action http://www.freewayactions.com/product.php?id=002

‘email address as a graphic’ will still be picked up as you will be using a mailto function. I use Anti-Spam with my forms, sort of like an extra wax on the car.

A form would be a safer way. I am sure ‘A-team’ will be answering soon.

stuartnorfolk

23 May 2007, 9:08 pm

Hi Paul - thanks for that. However, I am not even talking about the ability to have mailto, but literally a graphic of a mail address. This, if I’m right in thinking, won’t have any email address in html or any other code.

Stuart

stuartnorfolk

23 May 2007, 9:09 pm

In other words, you wouldn’t even be able to copy and paste the address.

thatkeith

23 May 2007, 10:46 pm

Sometime around 23/5/07 (at 21:09 +0000) stuartnorfolk said:

[quote:7a8e9723dc]In other words, you wouldn’t even be able to copy and paste the address. [/quote:7a8e9723dc] Yes, that would be safe. You’d be fairly sure not to get many emails from real non-spammer people too, as most people won’t type out the address from a web graphic. But you would indeed be safe, and people could get in touch if they really wanted to.

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VicH

24 May 2007, 5:00 am

[quote:d35cb1e1e3=”stuartnorfolk”]In other words, you wouldn’t even be able to copy and paste the address.[/quote:d35cb1e1e3]

I have been using something that may be more like what you are looking for. It is a Dashboard Widget called The Obfuscator. It converts your email address into an encoded string that spambots can’t read. You still have to use the "string" in a FW mailto link but you can attach it to a graphic item so that there is no need to show the actual email address. You can find The Obfuscator here: [url]http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/developer/theobfuscator.html[/url]

Vic Hooper • Freeway Pro 5.5 Preview • http://www.stationv.com • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

stuartnorfolk

24 May 2007, 8:35 am

Thanks Victor - I will definitely check this out.

Regards,

Stuart

Joe Billings

24 May 2007, 8:47 am

[quote:e4228b7bcc=”MBman”][quote:e4228b7bcc=”stuartnorfolk”]In other words, you wouldn’t even be able to copy and paste the address.[/quote:e4228b7bcc]

I have been using something that may be more like what you are looking for. It is a Dashboard Widget called The Obfuscator. It converts your email address into an encoded string that spambots can’t read. You still have to use the "string" in a FW mailto link but you can attach it to a graphic item so that there is no need to show the actual email address. You can find The Obfuscator here: [url]http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/developer/theobfuscator.html[/url][/quote:e4228b7bcc]

This is what the Anti Spam Action, that "what the" mentioned, does too. It will encode any email addresses it finds in the code when publishing IIRC.

Joe Billings

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stuartnorfolk

24 May 2007, 9:10 am

OK - so on the one hand we have Spam Stopper (http://www.railheaddesign.com/index.php/software/spamstopper/) and on the other side we have Anti Spam (http://www.freewayactions.com/product.php?id=002) does anyone consider one to be more effective than the other?

Heather Kavanagh

24 May 2007, 9:24 am

[quote:4025672a63=”stuartnorfolk”]does anyone consider one to be more effective than the other?[/quote:4025672a63]

It depends on how complicated you want things.

I like Anti-Spam because it works in the Freeway environment. You just apply the Action to a page, or to a text box. Select items or text to add an email hyperlink and publish. That’s it. Job done - not to mention the warm fuzzy feeling you get from supporting the work of a fellow Freewayer ;)

Spam Stopper is free. I always say you can’t beat free, but in this case it requires you to step out of Freeway, enter the email address, get it to scramble, copy the result, step back to Freeway and wonder where to paste the results. It needs extra effort by pasting the resulting encoding email link into a extended dialog. Ideal if you use DreamWeaver, or you’re a hand-coder, but hard to use with Freeway, in my opinion.

It’s your call, but I know where my money went!

I’d like the chance to prove that money doesn’t make me happy. - S. Milligan.

stuartnorfolk

24 May 2007, 9:28 am

Cheers Heather - I’m inclined to think the same too. I also like to keep it within the community.

Stuart

thatkeith

24 May 2007, 10:34 am

Sometime around 24/5/07 (at 09:10 +0000) stuartnorfolk said:

[quote:6fc5a1bc81]OK - so on the one hand we have Spam Stopper (http://www.railheaddesign.com/index.php/software/spamstopper/) and on the other side we have Anti Spam (http://www.freewayactions.com/product.php?id=002) does anyone consider one to be more effective than the other? [/quote:6fc5a1bc81] In terms of real world effectiveness I doubt there’s a significant difference. The reason I prefer Anti Spam is that it is designed for Freeay and can be applied to whole pages (or even whole folders or sites, I think). Any email addresses in any Anti-Spammed page will automatically be encoded for you, whether they’re in plain sight in the page or in the mailto: link. It is the ‘set and forget’ nature of Anti Spam that does it for me.

k

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stuartnorfolk

24 May 2007, 10:55 am

Yes Keith - I had never thought of it in that way.

Paul Everett

24 May 2007, 9:44 pm

I agree with Heather, you purchase the Anti-Spam, sort of like getting your product of the box then trying it out, and then you think ‘nice’ it has more functionality than I realised, great purchase.

I have tried the other spam stopper which was great or this: http://hivelogic.com/enkoder/form

though now I have Anti-spam I can have 3 email addresses on one page repeated in 2 areas making 6…. and they get Anti-Spammed

lovely stuff.

VicH

25 May 2007, 10:21 am

I’ve been meaning to check out the Anti-Spam Action for some time now but stuck with The Obfuscator - well, I guess because it was familiar to me. Thanks to this thread, I have started to use the Action and will never look back… it is great! Thanks.

Vic Hooper • Freeway Pro 5.5 Preview • http://www.stationv.com • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada