Hi everyone

I'm trying to implement a function which allows the user to browse and open files stored on local / shared drives through my JS (extjs) webapplication. I know it's not proper because of security constraints etc. but uploading files and store them on the server is no alternative.

Currently I have a working solution using Java Webstart, but it has a few downsides...

-JRE has to be installed on client
-complicated updating (jws)
-slow filechooser (swing)


does anyone know a reasonable alternative to achieve this functionality?

thanks in advance!