November 18, 2010

A beautifully done HTML5 book from Google

Check out the company’s “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web,” then check out some background info from the dev team:

We built “20 Things” in HTML5 so that we could incorporate features that hearken back to what we love about books—feeling the heft of a book’s cover, flipping a page or even reading under the covers with a flashlight. In fact, once you’ve loaded “20 Things” in the browser, you can disconnect your laptop and continue reading, since this guidebook works offline.

This is exactly the kind of thing that Adobe should help people create.  InDesign supports creation of similar content running in Flash, but runtimes are just means to an end. (I should note that this is just my opinion, and I’m not involved with digital publishing efforts.) [Via Scott Evans]

Posted by John Nack at 3:11 PM on November 18, 2010
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