Google Shows Off HTML5 with “20 Things”

Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 by in Chrome, News

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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 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.

Via Google Chrome Blog

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9 Responses to “Google Shows Off HTML5 with “20 Things””

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  2. vasa1

    19. Nov, 2010

    They claim it can be viewed off-line. Any idea how this is done? If I open the site, allow everything to load and then quit Chrome, disconnect from the internet, switch off my PC, can I subsequently view 20 Things without connecting to the internet? Assume I haven’t emptied cache of any sort.

  3. Chris

    19. Nov, 2010

    Yes Vasa, I just tested. Go to url in Chrome, and the site will perform regardless if your connected to the net or not.

    This is a good primer for anyone around the internet in my humble opinion.

  4. vasa1

    19. Nov, 2010

    Chris, thanks for replying, but could you clarify the “Go to url in Chrome” bit?

  5. vasa1

    19. Nov, 2010

    I got it to work using Firefox 3.6.12 by typing while in off-line mode.

    I suspect some of the security measures I have in place for Chrome (because it is my main browser) maybe the problem.

  6. Daniel Cawrey

    19. Nov, 2010

    I believe it’s cached using HTML5′s web storage specification.

  7. vasa1

    19. Nov, 2010

    I’m not happy with cache. I would like to have a “conventional” file or folder that can be moved around anywhere or opened with any capable browser. Right now, HTML5 viewed and stored with Firefox is not accessible to Chrome off-line and vice versa. What if I want to transfer to a pen-drive?

    I realise it’s early days, but this form of storage seems pretty odd.

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