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Cookie-style browser plug-in needed

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I have a JavaScript-enabled website which saves multiple long strings of text (up to ~10kb) to cookies.  The demo-version is online at http://members.aol.com/beaconess/HEP/.  Ultimately, I want to market the 'program' on floppy or CD-ROM to folks in my profession, written so they can run it from within their desktop or NC browser without logging on to the internet.  Unfortunately, cookie specs allow for only 20 cookies max per domain, which effectively prohibits using cookies to store/recall my simple text strings.  I know it can be done with CGI, but as I said I want the 'program' to function WITHOUT connecting to the WWW. Is ActiveX capable of handling this chore (and compatible with Netscape Navigator 3+ as well as MSIE 4+)??  If not I'd like to write a browser plug-in which can create/delete text files and read/write to them. Anyone know how to begin??  I'd be willing to learn C++ or another language, as you advise.
Thanks,
T.S.
Williston, VT
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This is what you can do - it's a little different from what you've described, though.

You can write part (or all) of the application in Java as Java applets.  If it's not one large applet, you need to be careful with communication between applets and/or javascipt.
You can possible to simply create a small applet which will read/write files and pass the information to your javascript.

Second, you need to obtain a security certificate from VeriSign or whatever and sign your applet.  Trusted signed java applets can read/write files on client file systems.
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This sounds pretty cool, and I'm taking your suggestion to the Java forum to see if someone there has a portable applet which could be adapted for my purposes.  I'll also read up on applet signing.  The best FAQ I've seen so far is at http://www.fastlane.net/~tlandry/javafaq.txt
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