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John Handy Bosma on October 19, 1999 at 17:59:21:

Very worth reading

You have amazing resources on JavaScript -- the best I've seen. However, I'd suggest that your answers on reading/writing text files are not entirely accurate (see list below).

The basic contention of most of these answers is that JS (or client-side JS) can't read or write text files. However, when combined with HTML, it can do so quite easily. All you really need to do is, for example, use the src attribute for div, layer, or ilayer. Using these, one can include text files that can be read... even delimited files. Moreover, it is quite possible to open a new blank file in a frameset and write contents, even delimited contents, to the document in that frame. The user then can save that file. Moreover, both IE 4 and Netscape 4 support file upload ... you just need the right permissions. It is the client-side JavaScript that accomplishes this, NOT server-side JS. Client-side JS can also manipulate HTTP requests, including FTP, which one of the answers says is impossible. But it is. This doesn't require server-side JS, just having your server set up properly -- things like knowing the password. Finally, the answer to FAQ 994 contradicts several of the other questions...

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