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E-mail Links Secure Them Against Stealing

I do not want to put my e-mail address to web, because it can be exposed to spammer bots which collect e-mail links. Is there still a way to safely expose a link?

Yes, there are several ways to protect e-mail address put on the website. But before all, notice the rule to  never put <a href:"mailto:address@domain"> at code of your page directly.

Way What to do Skill needed Disadvantages
0 use indirect way to specify an address (e.g. "john, laura -- all at domain.com") A bit of fantasy :) (But not lot of!) Page visitor must write it out manually before use
1 use picture of address (add a little noise to make automatic character recognizing harder) Imaging tool basics Page visitor must write it out manually before use
2 address cobined from picture and text (preventing picture recognizing-bots to get all the address from picture) Imaging tool basics Page visitor must write it out manually before use
3 complete text address with 1x1 image refs (or other tags) inserted between characters Imaging tool basics Still not fully automatic. Bot ignoring tags can still steal it.
4 using JavaScript to assemble the whole address on demand from several parts. Pressing a button will copy it out into edit field or into clipboard JavaScript basics Still not fully automatic, manual copy/paste needed
5 using JavaScript to assemble the whole address on demand from several parts. Pressing a button will launch e-mail client with address (and subject) filled-in. JavaScript basics Must not be fully compatible with all web browsers
6 create web form to complete and send an e-mail JavaScript basics Page visitor has no copy of his message. (But it can be sent to him.)
7 use a Macromedia Flash to start an e-mail client or compose mail Macromedia Flash basics Must not be fully compatible with all web browsers

There is no general way both to protect e-mail address and remaining it fully automated (automated in native way). But ways can be combined (e.g. 4+6) to create nice and working solution. Or not?

Tip: Check www.neat-energy.com to see pretty-hidden, but fully functioning e-mail link. It has been split at '@' into two images and functionality uses no <a href...> tag. Runs all browsers.