We have all had an experience of those annoying 404 page errors once in a while, and it seems that Google wishes to reduce our frustrations. The tech giant wants to put an end to this and similar errors, and help keep websites interactive even when we lose our internet connections.
Google’s tech-heads are on an ambitious aim to replace these 404 errors by offline web pages.
Google’s new browser standard named “Service Workers” aims to wipe away the errors by storing web page information locally, like a sort of cache, which is used to save pages that you have already visited. Therefore, even if you temporarily lose your internet connection you will still be able to look at old content rather than receiving the dreaded error message.
“We want to load something instead of nothing.” – Alex Russell, Google software engineer said to the media.
The other advantages of this design kind is that pages you regularly visit could load much faster, as per the content in it, such as large banner images and layouts, can be loaded up locally rather than downloaded from the site each time. Pages can simply be updated with new content as it arrives,thereby helping to save your data plan too.
The flip side of this design is that your browser will probably end up a bit bulkier, and of course you will have to make room in your phone’s memory for all that offline data. Web browsers implementing this technology will probably eat up more resources too, as some extra processing power will probably be required to collaborate offline data together with newly acquired online updates.
There’s still more work to be done on Service Workers before Google works it into a finished browser, but the company already has plans to integrate the standard into its Chrome browser by the end of the year. Firefox is also said to be implementing the idea.