1. How do I get the www.webtext.gov/textpage.txt into a string var.
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.
I talked to the tech support of my host provider. They were very cooperative and installed the cURL libraries on my host server. So now I am able to work the cURL magic.
On to the next problem: My intention is to get the text from http://www.webpage.gov/textpage.txt into a local php string variable - which it looks like I will be able to do with the cURL methods.
Sure, NOAA issues text broadcast reports of solar statistics like sunspot numbers and solar flux index calculations every three hours. I want to take the numbers from that text, and supply the numerical value to visual elements that display the value as a "analog meter". To do that I have to capture the text and parse out the numbers, convert them to a numerical value, and create the visual element for the user.