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Google’s ‘Service Workers’ Will Let You Access Sites When You’re Offline

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Someday soon, users may be able to interact with their favorite websites even when these sites aren’t accessible, thanks to a new browser standard called Service Workers being developed by Google. With Service Workers, “We can make sure when you go to your site, it always feels responsive, that it is always there, even if it isn’t up-to-date,” explained Google software engineer Alex Russell at the O’Reilly Velocity conference, held this week in New York. A Service Worker “is basically an in-browser proxy that gives you the power to script what happens before you go to the network, and what happens after you get back from the network,” Russell explained to an audience of Web developers and administrators. Russell is a co-editor of a World Wide Web Consortium draft specifying how Service Workers should be implemented in browsers.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.