Web Events Working Group

The W3C Web Events Working Group was closed on 5 November 2013, having successfully published the Touch Events specification as a Recommendation, as well as the Touch Events Extensions Note non-normative addendum.

Errata, comments, and questions about the Touch Events specification can be directed to the Touch Events Community Group. More advanced work on touch, pointer and mouse events continues in the Pointer Events Working Group.

The W3C Web Events Working Group was chartered to develop specifications for physical multitouch interface events (including such related interface as pen-tablets, electronic whiteboards, and similar input devices), as well as for higher-level events which encapsulate touch interfaces, keyboard input, mouse control, and other input devices, into a single simple, consistent model that defines user actions (such as zoom-in, scroll, redo, undo, and so forth).

This group works in public, with details in the WG's Work Mode document and the WG's Wiki.

A detailed list of this group's publications and their status will be available in one of the W3C's CVS or Mercurial systems.

The W3C Team Contact for the Web Events Working Group is Doug Schepers. The Chair of the Working Group is Art Barstow.

Upcoming Meetings

To be determined.


W3C today launches the Web Events Working Group, whose chartered mission is to provide methods to enable the use of multi-touch and pen-tablet input on devices of all types. Web browsers and mobile devices are making increasing use of touch-sensitive inputs, such as with a screen, trackpad, or tablet interface, as the primary or supplementary interface for web applications. A related class of devices, including drawing tablets, interactive surfaces, pen devices, digital whiteboards, and spatial sensors, are also becoming more Web-enabled, driving the need to account for a wider range of capability than simple touch interfaces. The aim of this group is to determine an appropriate set of functionality to standardize, and to define those features in way that may be deployed quickly, widely, and interoperably. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

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