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The following message appears on numerous web sites, especially those written by people who know enough about the Internet to realise that there exist browsers other than the one that they use, but are self-important enough to think that others really care about their 'leet web design skillz. (Often, this set of people seems to be coterminous with the web log crowd.)
This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.
Let's rewrite this, with a bit of added honesty. What it really means is,
This web page will look the way I want it to, not the way you find most convenient, if you download a bigger, buggier browser. You can probably extract the information with the crappy browser which you've chosen to use, but, let's be honest, the fact that I find the need to add this silly message to the top of my page probably indicates that most of it's just padding anyway.
If you care about making your site look like you want to in all sorts of different browsers, go ahead. Waste all the time you want. But don't expect me to change software just so I can see the pretty colours and pointless filler images with which you're polluting the web.
... an attempt to prevent email addresses in web pages from being harvested
\x.. syntax for escaping characters. For instance,
I first saw this on Joel Spolsky's web log, Joel on Software. I don't know if he invented the idea.
'Course, this sort of trick won't get you very far. It's just as easy to
write a regular expression to match
(\\x..)+\\x40(\\x..)+ as it
is to write one which will recognise
interpreter into a spam robot. After all, if Microsoft can do it, so can a
bulk email weenie.
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