Today the world is moving from eBooks to interactive ebooks. But there are several users who aren’t fully aware of the technical terms and functions of the browsers and Web, in an attempt to teach the average person about the fundamentals of browsers and the web, Google has released an interactive online book that explains concepts like, TCP/IP, HTML, browser extensions and malware.
Web technologies used in everyday life while browsing the web are most of the time not visible directly to an average users. For them it’s just a computing marvel. Google’s Chrome Team has scripted to explain the complex concepts like Cloud Computing, IP Address and DNS, Web Apps, etc. in a simple manner. Built on HTML5, this online interactive book will certainly make you aware about the current day web browsers and what’ s being used on the current generation of Web.
But it also features a lot of clever illustrations by award-winning German illustrator and children’s author Christoph Niemann.
The focus of the book is on 19 different topics (plus a recap, making for 20 things). It starts with “What Is the Internet?” and then dives into cloud computing, web apps, web programming languages, browsers, privacy, security and open source.
Google realizes that most people have no clue about the function of a browser or what HTML5 actually is. This was exemplified last year when Google took to the streets and asked people, “What is a browser?” Less than 8% of the people it polled gave a correct answer.
Google can point these users to a website that will fill them in on the basics. While it’s not a perfect solution (we suspect the book’s too long for many in our attention-deficient society), it’s definitely something I’d show to my mom or my technologically challenged friends.
Even though you’ve been reading on and using the web quite profusely, there’s no harm in checking out this nicely illustrated interactive book.