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.
Can anyone help?
You'll need a server-side script to pull the page. From there, you can manipulate it server-side or simply drop the content into a JS variable, JSON, JSONP, or XML response.
Thanks svidgen. Your suggestion for cURL looks nice. However, I do not own the host server and the hosting company will not allow additions to their vanilla PHP5 install.
Is it possible to do something similar with php code on the server side?
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.
there are lots of ways to fetch a url in php, you don't need curl...
echo 'incoming(' . json_encode(file_get_contents(http://www.webpage.gov/textpage.txt")) . ');' ;
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Thanks for your reply rnd_me. I think if you read my post again you will realize that getting the url is not the problem.
What gets displayed to the user is a by-product of parsing the url content and producing a graphical indicator to display the user on the web page.
That is a much different situation than your simple code snippet.
Well, before I could really say how I might approach it, I'd need to know more. What's an "indicator?" Could you give us an example?
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.
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