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Subject: Re: generating numerical character entities in html output
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 13:24:19 -0500
html character entity hide email
Hi Rosella,

At 07:16 AM 1/18/2005, you wrote:
I'm starting to suspect so. I have other means to deal with that, so my interest for solving the problem in xslt is sort of speculative. Anyway whatever "&#64;" is, an "entity" or a "reference" or anything else, it *should* be possible to generate it so the impossibility or difficulty in doing it should be considered something of a "bug" of xslt. I can live with that :-) but it's a pity anyway.

You might consider it a bug, but we true-blue XSLTers might think that's like saying a fork is a spoon with a bug. XSLT was designed so you didn't have to think about things like this in the general case -- which is very nice, in the general case.

Your requirement is special ... or was thought to be, before it was understood how manifold are XSLT's applications and how many things people would be trying to do with it. XSLT 2.0 fills many of those gaps.

If it were me, I'd skip the disguising-as-character-references technique (as only a temporary fix before the spammers catch up) and find a more robust way to hide the emails. But it's a tricky problem, to which there's no perfect solution, since the requirement is to hide the addresses from some "users" while showing it to others -- without being able to tell who's who. This leaves me sympathetic to the approach that disguises my@xxxxxxxxx as "my at email dot com" (which you could do in XSLT 2.0 or in any number of other ways), though the spambots may be reading that now, too. But any approach that lets legitimate users click through to get an email also exposes the email address to the others. So it's ultimately a social problem without a technical fix.

Yet it's an interesting problem to think about, and no doubt you'll come up with something.


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