2010
11.27

Google Chrome’s comic book is a nice way to introduce to the world a new web browser, but everyone does not know what a URL or web app means. “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web” is a guidebook created by the Google Chrome team which tries to explain complicated terms such as “Internet”, “cloud computing”, “JavaScript”, “HTML5”, “cookies”, “URL”, “IP address” using illustrations and real life analogies. Here’s an example:

“An IP address is a series of numbers that tells us where a particular device is on the Internet network, be it the google.com server or your computer. It’s a bit like mom’s phone number: just as the phone number tells an operator which house to route a call to so it reaches your mom, an IP address tells your computer which other device on the Internet to communicate with — to send data to and get data from.”

The guidebook is a very good example of an HTML5 web application which functions offline and Google recommends to read it in “Chrome or any up-to-date, HTML5-compliant modern browser”. Most of the examples from the book are about Google Chrome and that’s what makes it look like a Chrome ad.