The road to a world with more webapps is going to lead through HTML5. Google realizes this, and they are trying to promote the standard with offerings like Chrome Experiments, the Arcade Fire project “The Wilderness Downtown” and now with an interactive book called “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web”.
Illustrated by Christopher Niemann, this is a guide that covers the modern browser and the things that surround it. Topics include cloud computing, security and speeding up the web. It’s a nice little project that educates people about the browser and how today’s generation tries to protect users on the web.
It’s also a showcase of what HTML5 can do. The site 20thingsilearned.com loads and can be viewed offline with the underlying HTML5 code. It works in any modern browser and is an example of how the future of applications will be developed using open standards so that all devices are compatible.
As it stands right now, developers have to create applications across a wide array of platforms. Someday, that number should be reduced down to the web itself. “20 Things” shows how things can be made right inside the browser.