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I always see requests by authors looking for a simple method to hide their source code from readers. Presumably the reason for this is to prevent authors from re-using wholesale pieces of other people's documents. This desire can be well-founded, but preventing people from using something you worked hard to create takes enough additional effort that it is probably not worth the effort.
It is not possible to hide document content or HTML encoding from a user in the basic case. If the data stream is downloadable by the browser to be rendered, then it is available to the user to see as well.
I had always thought this was the end of the story, but several people have e-mailed to me reporting of methods which can be used to accomplish this with varying degrees of success.