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Email Obfuscation- PHP Style

In my last post, I mentioned that I was picking up a new Perl project to obfuscate an email address from the traditional form to encoded ASCII. However, digging into the project reveals that everything can be handled with a simple PHP script. The code is so simple, actually, that little remains left to code. Here is what I have come up with so far:

< ?php
    $email= "";                // store the email address in a string variable
    $length = strlen($email);                         // get the length of the email address

    for ($i = 0; $i < $length; $i++)                  // work your way through each character of the email address
        $obfuscatedEmail .= "&#" . ord($email[$i]); // get the deicmal ASCII value of the character

Fairly striaght forward, I think. Merely get the email address from a form on an HTML page, and store it in a variable called $email. Then, get the length of that email address and store that result in $length. Finally, using a for loop, step our way though the email address character by character until we have reached the email address character length, getting the ASCII value and appending "&#" to the beginning of each character. That result is stored in a variable called $obfuscatedEmail.

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