How to select a directory using HTML

I am writing a HTML which basically selects a file to be parsed (eventually I am calling a servlet). This works fine with :

<input type=file name=uploadfile value='SelectFile'>

I would like to store the result in a directory as a .txt file. I am not able to select a directory where from my HTML. Does anyone have an idea how to do it either inHTML or JSP..
Thanks
Aarschie
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GaryCommented:
In just HTML no, and in JSP I don't think so.
Heres a link that may be handy
http://www.servlets.com/cos/index.html

Incidentally you cant set the value of a File tag.
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paStiSSetCommented:
i know you can use a php script, but i can't type it. ask in the php directory, is very easy, hope experts answer quickly :)
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miskateCommented:
for security reasons you cannot preset the  contents of a file input type. You also cannot change its value using javascript. This is to prevent websites uploading files from your computer that you haven't said they could upload.

You may be able to do it using a java applet or activex component or some other plugin.
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savalouCommented:
If the servlet that's processing your file could send the results back with a mime-type other than text, so that the browser asks the user what to do with it, like when you download software, that might be one way to go.
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VincentPugliaCommented:
Hi,

  Are you asking how to save the uploaded file to a particular directory on the server?  Or how to save a file (not necessarily the uploaded file) to a directory on the user's machine?

Vinny
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aarschieAuthor Commented:
Vinny,
To save a file on the users machine.
Thanks
Arschie
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VincentPugliaCommented:
Hi Arschie,

maybe you can adapt this:

function doit(contents)
{
  var contents = document.a.c.value;
  var txtFile = document.a.b.value;
  var fso, f1, ts, s
  var ForWriting= 2;
  fso = new ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
  ts = fso.OpenTextFile(txtFile, ForWriting)
  ts.WriteLine(contents)
  ts.Close()
}

//-->
</script>
</head>
<body>
<form name="a">
<input type="file" name="b">
<textarea name="c"></textarea>
<input type="button" value="do it" onclick='doit()'>
</form>
</body>
</html>

Vinny
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aarschieAuthor Commented:
I am not able to run this.
It's giving error on page.

Probably it is due to Active X
Arschie
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VincentPugliaCommented:
Hi,
   The above will work only if:
1) you are running in a windows environment and
2) you have Scrrun.dll in the windows\system32 folder

Vinny
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wilslmCommented:
I dont think html is able to process this kind of things. i dont know about JSP but I'm sure php does this
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