Pointer Events Progress: Mozilla and Blink Communities Reach a Significant Engineering Milestone

As stated in the Blink 2014 goals, the Blink team considers Pointer Events as one of their priorities to improve the mobile Web platform experience. And it has recently shown evidence of their commitment to Pointer Events by checking in touch-action functionality into the code base and making it available through an experimental flag.

Likewise, the Mozilla Firefox team has approved a patch submitted by Nick Lebedev from Akvelon that implements the same functionality. This is the result of months of great work in the OSS community where multiple engineers from different companies contributed their design ideas and engineering insights.

Support for the touch-action CSS property is essential to Pointer Eventsas it allows developers to determine whether an element should have its own program behavior when receiving Pointer Events, or if it should alternately adopt default behaviors such as panning, zooming or scrolling.

MS Open Tech first demonstrated simple support for Pointer Events in Firefox last fall. We are glad to see that the Firefox and Chrome communities have been embracing the new unified input model for implementing great pen, mouse, and touch experiences in the Web.You can see a video below demonstrating the current support for touch-action and Pointer Events in a build of Firefox integrating partial touch-action and Pointer Events support.

So much progress -- Pointer Events enables you to build for the future of the Web, today. Jump in, have fun with the demo, join the discussion at #PointerEvents and update your Web pages with the cool capabilities of Pointer Events. Point. Click. Touch.

You can learn plenty about Pointer Events at http://aka.ms/pointer-events.

Asir Vedamuthu Selvasingh, Principal Program Manager - Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.
Adalberto Foresti, Principal Program Manager - Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.


3 thoughts on “Pointer Events Progress: Mozilla and Blink Communities Reach a Significant Engineering Milestone

  1. Pingback: Bruce Lawson’s personal site  : Reading List

  2. Pingback: This week at W3C: HTML Landscape diff, W3C nominated for net Awards, HTML for email Community Group, etc. | www.DigiInno.com

Leave a Reply