Accessible way to hide email from Spiders

So I’m imagining you may know that you can use in-line Javascript to hide email addresses on a site from spiders. That’s all fine and dandy. However, the problem with inline JS is that screen readers and their ilk cannot parse it. The result is not accessible.

I, for client reasons, must build a site that fully accessible. However, the client also wants to at least reduce the chance of a crawler indexing their email address from the site. Does anyone out there have an accessible alternative that’s at least semi-functional (and simple character replacement won’t do the trick – that’s far too easy to work around for Spiders)

If I translated every character of the email address, would that do the trick? Of course, were I writing Spiders I’d definitely account for that.

2 Replies to “Accessible way to hide email from Spiders”

  1. Do you need to put the actual address? It seems to me that the thing to do these days is to create a form on the site if the person wants email sent to them and to just give out an address put something like:

    brishen at interchange.ubc.ca

    You can see my faith in this though my email address choosen 😉

  2. Do you need to put the actual address? It seems to me that the thing to do these days is to create a form on the site if the person wants email sent to them and to just give out an address put something like:

    brishen at interchange.ubc.ca

    You can see my faith in this though my email address choosen 😉

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