Heres the problem. I can view plain text public data from a government web page. But I want to capture that text and put it into a string var in a javascript to parse the data for display in a very different way (create graphical indicators).

1. How do I get the www.webtext.gov/textpage.txt into a string var.
2. I would prefer to use pure javascript as my users are very diverse and not all of them have recent brosers (IE8 or 9, Firefox 4, 5 or 6, etc.).
3. I would be able to use php on the server if that would do it.

I have be days searching the web for a solution but have found none that suits my purpose.

Can anyone help?