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Pointer Events Working Group

The W3C Pointer Events Working Group is chartered to develop a specification for mouse or multitouch interface events (including such related interface as pen-tablets, electronic whiteboards, and similar input devices).

The working group intends to use the 7 September 2012 W3C Member Submission from Microsoft, the Pointer Events Specification, as a starting point for development of the specification.

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 Pointer Events Working Group is Doug Schepers. The Chair of the Working Group is Art Barstow.

Upcoming Meetings

To be determined.

News

Pointer Events is a W3C Recommendation

The Pointer Events Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of Pointer Events. The Pointer Events specification defines a unified set of events and interfaces for device-neutral pointer input, such as a mouse, touchscreen, and pen-tablet, including capabilities for handling pointer pressure, contact geometry, and tilt; it also defines a mapping to traditional mouse events. This specification provides additional functionality not available in the related Touch Events specification; for more information on the relationship between these two specifications, see the Touch Events Community Group. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Call for Review: Pointer Events Proposed Recommendation Published

The Pointer Events Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Pointer Events. This document defines events and related interfaces for handling hardware agnostic pointer input from devices including a mouse, pen, touchscreen, etc.. For compatibility with existing mouse based content, this specification also describes a mapping to fire Mouse Events for other pointer device types. Comments are welcome through 16 January 2015. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Last Call: Pointer Events

The Pointer Events Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Pointer Events. This document defines events and related interfaces for handling hardware agnostic pointer input from devices like a mouse, pen, or touchscreen. For compatibility with existing mouse based content, this specification also describes a mapping to fire Mouse Events for pointer device types other than mouse. Comments are welcome through 4 December. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Last Call: Pointer Events

The Pointer Events Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Pointer Events. This document defines events and related interfaces for handling hardware agnostic pointer input from devices like a mouse, pen, or touchscreen. For compatibility with existing mouse-based content, this specification also describes a mapping to fire Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Events Mouse Events for pointer device types other than mouse. Comments are welcome through 19 March. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Pointer Events Draft Published

The Pointer Events Working Group has published a Working Draft of Pointer Events. This document defines events and related interfaces for handling hardware agnostic pointer input from devices like a mouse, pen, or touchscreen. For compatibility with existing mouse-based content, this specification also describes a mapping to fire DOM-LEVEL-3-EVENTS Mouse Events for pointer device types other than mouse. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

Pointer Events Draft Published

The Pointer Events Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of Pointer Events. This document defines events and related interfaces for handling hardware agnostic pointer input from devices like a mouse, pen, or touchscreen. For compatibility with existing mouse-based content, this specification also describes a mapping to fire DOM Level 3 Events Mouse Events for pointer device types other than mouse. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.

W3C Launches Pointer Events Working Group

W3C announced today the launch of the Pointer Events Working Group. Web browsers can receive input in a variety of ways. A “pointer” is an abstract form of input that can be any point of contact on a input surface made by a mouse cursor, pen, finger, or multiple fingers. The mission of this group is to define a single unified event model for mouse, touch, and pen/tablet user interfaces. Enabling content creators to use a single model for different input types will make content creation more efficient and inclusive. See the Pointer Events Working Group Charter for more information.