Foreword to 20 Things

Illustrated by Christoph Niemann. Written by the Google Chrome Team.

Many of us these days depend on the World Wide Web to bring the world’s information to our fingertips,
and put us in touch with people and events across the globe instantaneously. These powerful online
experiences are possible thanks to an open web that can be accessed by anyone through a web browser,
on any Internet-connected device in the world.

But how do our browsers and the web actually work? How has the World Wide Web evolved into what we
know and love today? And what do we need to know to navigate the web safely and efficiently?

“20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web” is a short guide for anyone who’s curious about the
basics of browsers and the web.  Here’s what you’ll find here:

First we’ll look at the Internet, the very backbone that allows the web to exist. We’ll also take a look at
how the web is used today, through cloud computing and web apps.

Then, we’ll introduce the building blocks of web pages like HTML and JavaScript, and review how their
invention and evolution have changed the websites you visit every day.  We’ll also take a look at the modern browser and how it helps users browse the web more safely and securely.

Finally, we’ll look ahead to the exciting innovations in browsers and web technologies that we believe will
give us all even faster and more immersive online experiences in the future.

Life as citizens of the web can be liberating and empowering, but also deserves some self-education. Just
as we’d want to know various basic facts as citizens of our physical neighborhoods -- water safety, key
services, local businesses -- it’s increasingly important to understand a similar set of information about
our online lives.  That’s the spirit in which we wrote this guide. Many of the examples used to illustrate the
features and functionality of the browser often refer back to Chrome, the open-source browser that we
know well. We hope you find this guide as enjoyable to read as we did to create.

Happy browsing!

The Google Chrome Team, with many thanks to Christoph Niemann for his illustrations
November 2010


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