Placing text from a .txt file within HTML

Posted on 2012-04-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-09
I'm looking for an easy way to get access a text file on a local machine, which contains the users name; I want to display on a HTML page. Is there way to do this preferably with Javascript.

So file is at %userprofile%\name.txt

I want to appear at <h2>Welcome to our site {DISPLAY NAME}</h2>

Any ideas?
Question by:piemckay

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I believe you can not access local file system directly. Alternatively you can create a ActiveX control in VB or any other language and use that to access and fetch the desired data from the text file. You can then use that returned value from a function in that User Control and use that in your HTML page. Use Javascript to call the function from that ActiveX control and use the returned value in your respective HTML tag.
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<script language="javascript" src="text.txt"></script>

Then create a new text file in the same folder as your html file called text.txt and put this in it:

document.write('Your text file');


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Yes it would appear to be impossible to use a serverside script to access data on the client. I will have a look at using activex. Any suggestions?
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basicinstinct earned 2000 total points
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it is impossible to access a file on the client machine file system under normal conditions...

why don't you use cookies instead?

if you ONLY need to support IE and you can set the browser to put your site trusted or intranet zone then you can script the FileSystemObject

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