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Q267 Can JavaScript read text files?

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This is not really possible. JavaScript provides no means to read text files. There are some potential hacks/workarounds that might work in some browsers.

Internet Explorer 4 allows you to read the contents of the page. using innerText, outerText, innerHTML and outerHTML, you could use this to read the contents of a hidden frame. Internet Explorer 4 also supports data binding, which allows simple client side databases using CSV text files.

Most browsers now support JavaScript *.js source files. You could use JavaScript to hold text that you later display. Used with frames you could load different files of JavaScript/text at different times.

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