The complexities of the web and internet browsers explained in simple English

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the web and an internet browser, had no idea what a “cookie” is or been afraid to ask how the web actually works?

For many of us, the internet can be complex and difficult to understand but a new guide put together by illustrator Christoph Niemann and internet giant Google helps to demystify the internet and explain commonly used terms in an easy-to-understand way.

The guide is called “20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web” and takes users on a journey of how the web works, from its very beginning to new web technologies expected to arrive in the near future.

“’20 Things’ is written by the Chrome team, and continues our tradition of finding new ways to help explain complex but fascinating ideas about technology,” explains Google’s Product Marketing Manager, Min Li Chan, in a November 19 blog post.

“This handy guide is for those of us who’d like to better understand the technologies we use every day.”

The short guide explains the meaning of terms such as HTML5, JavaScript, TCP/IP, Cloud Computing, Web Apps, CSS, AJAX Plug-ins, malware and phishing.

You can read “20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web” here:

For more informative “internet explained in plain English” resources visit the following pages:

Web 3.0 and the semantic web explained in a 15 minute video

Web 3.0 Concepts Explained in Plain English

World Wide Web – What happens behind the scenes and The Complete History of Internet explained in 8 minutes

The Internet Explained

Simple Internet Glossary (slightly outdated but still useful)


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