The mission of the Pointer Events Working Group is to provide methods to enable simple device independent input from pointing devices such as mouse, pen, and multi-touch screen.
|End date||09 May 2015|
|Confidentiality||Proceedings are public|
Art Barstow (Nokia)
Initial Team Contacts
(FTE %: 7)
|Usual Meeting Schedule||
Teleconferences: topic-specific calls may be held
Face-to-face: we will meet during the W3C's annual Technical Plenary week; additional face-to-face meetings may be scheduled by consent of the participants, no more than 3 per year.
Web browsers can receive input in a variety of ways including mouse, touch, and pen input. 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.
Web Pointer Events provide support for handling mouse, touch, and pen input for web sites and web applications through DOM Events.
For example, a content creator using Web Pointer Events would have only use a single model, rather than separate code paths for mouse events, touch events, and pen-tablet events, making authoring content much more efficient and inclusive.
The following features are out of scope, and will not be addressed by this working group.
In order to advance to Proposed Recommendation, each specification is expected to have at least two independent implementations of each of feature defined in the specification.
The working group will deliver the following W3C Recommendation:
This specification defines a unified interface for web applications to access event information related to pointing devices. This includes mouse, pen, multi-touch screen, and related input mechanisms. While device specific information such as pressure or contact geometry might be included in the events, web developers can program against the events without needing to know what type of device created them.
Other non-normative documents may be created such as:
|Note: See changes from this initial schedule on the group publication status page.|
|Web Pointer Events||January 2013||July 2013||November 2013||March 2014||August 2014|
As per Working Group dependencies described in the W3C Process Document (section 6.2.6, Working Group and Interest Group Charters and section 7.4.2, Last Call Announcement), this group will seek early feedback from the following groups, and inform them in advance of our intent to transition to Last Call:
To be successful, the Pointer Events Working Group is expected to have 6 or more active participants for its duration, including representatives from the key implementors of this specification. The Chairs and specification Editors are expected to contribute half of a day per week towards the Working Group. There is no minimum requirement for other Participants.
The Pointer Events Working Group will also allocate the necessary resources for building Test Suites for each specification.
The group encourages questions and comments on its public mailing lists, as described in Communication.
The group also welcomes non-Members to contribute technical submissions for consideration, with the agreement from each participant to Royalty-Free licensing of those submissions under the W3C Patent Policy.
Most Pointer Events Working Group teleconferences will focus on discussion of particular specifications, and will be conducted on an as-needed basis.
Information about the group (deliverables, participants, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Pointer Events Working Group home page.
The group will use a Member-confidential mailing list for administrative purposes and, at the discretion of the Chairs and members of the group, for member-only discussions in special cases when a participant requests such a discussion.
Information about the group (for example, details about deliverables, issues, actions, status, participants) will be available from the Pointer Events Working Group home page.
As explained in the W3C Process Document (section 3.3), this group will seek to make decisions when there is consensus and with due process. The expectation is that typically, an editor or other participant makes an initial proposal, which is then refined in discussion with members of the group and other reviewers, and consensus emerges with little formal voting being required. However, if a decision is necessary for timely progress, but consensus is not achieved after careful consideration of the range of views presented, the Chairs should put a question out for voting within the group (allowing for remote asynchronous participation -- using, for example, email and/or web-based survey techniques) and record a decision, along with any objections. The matter should then be considered resolved unless and until new information becomes available.
This charter is written in accordance with Section 3.4, Votes of the W3C Process Document and includes no voting procedures beyond what the Process Document requires.
This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.
For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.
This charter for the Pointer Events Working Group has been created according to section 6.2 of the Process Document. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.
This charter includes changes from the charter reviewed by the W3C Membership.
2014-09-24: This charter has been extended until 2015-05-09.
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