Originally Posted by felgall
You mean apart from the recently added FileReader() object that can read files when the browser owner requests it. Currently so new that only Firefox and Chrome support it.
Yes, see - http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/file/dndfiles/
But something that works only in HTML5 and then not in IE is in my view of no practical use or value. It will be a few years before HTML4 browsers are obsolete.
All the code given in this post has been tested and is intended to address the question asked.
Unless stated otherwise it is not just a demonstration.