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e-mail address hiding method*
You can perform this trick and hide your e-mail address on your website regardless of what kind of computer you have, so no problems whether it's a Mac or Linux or one of the many variants of Microsoft, as it's a matter of do-it-yourself web source editing rather than a program which you install.
The reason why this is worth doing is because if you just put a "mailto" link on your website, robots will harvest your address and you'll receive all sorts of SPAM! However, with this method, the robots will be confused and will most likely not understand the address. In contrast, humans using browsers will be able to e-mail you.
It's a bit like, rather than saying "I live at house number 66 on the Relief Road", saying "I live at 'clickety-click' on the road which the council named to commemorate the battle of Mafeking".
How to do it:
Supposing your e-mail address was:
Then instead of putting:
To e-mail me, <a href="mailto:email@example.com">click here</a>
Of course you can copy this and you have to customise the address to match your own address, slice it up ad-lib, and TEST IT to make sure it works! You can also customise the wording of the text, according to taste.
To send me e-mail, you can click here
To e-mail me, please send to the e-mail address "shush" followed by an "@" symbol followed by "zyra.org.uk"
Use a fuzzy JPG image which is human-readable but would be a huge challenge for robots to read! However, to be friendly to blind people, you have to include a cryptic text description of the same info!
A different approach:
There's a different way of not being an easy target for spam-bots, as seen at the e-mail page, and although it confuses bots and yet is compatible with all standard computers, it's a bit drastic, and also requires an infinite e-mail facility. However, it has the advantage of being able to embarrass indiscriminate spam list users and to hit back at some types of spam harvesting systems!
A simple e-mail encoding system which replaces the characters of the e-mail link with ascii numbers. See http://linuxtech.com/www-email.html