Google Chrome Web Browser Gets Its Own Japanese Manga
posted on by Egan Loo
Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The Google advertising and information services company revealed in a Thursday blog entry that it commissioned the Japanese artist Yutanpo Shirane (Let's English, hon-nin) to create a manga about the internationalization of its Chrome web browser. The nine-page manga serves as a companion piece to the main comic book written by the Google Chrome team and drawn by acclaimed author Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics).
Shirane's manga explains the major issues that the Japanese developers on the Google Chrome team faced in ensuring that multilingual web pages are displayed quickly but accurately. For example, the web browsers tries to automatically and quickly determine which fonts to use in different Asian languages, without needing the user's assistance. The manga also highlights the contribution of one Japanese team member, software engineer Masanori Harada. Harada and his team developed the Navigational Suggest feature which suggests which web sites to visit as the user types.