Microsoft adding Pointer Events support for Blink-based Chrome

Back in September, Microsoft announced its proposal for a new website standard proposal called Pointer Events that will allow websites to accept inputs from a number of different sources, including touch, pen and the good ol' fashioned mouse-keyboard combo. In December, Microsoft release a prototype patch for its Pointer Events specifications that could be used in WebKit-based web browsers, such as Google Chrome.

Google then turned around in April and announced it would ditch WebKit in future versions of Chrome in favor of a new engine, Blink. This meant that Microsoft's efforts to push their Pointer Events specifications would not be used by Chrome. But now Microsoft has announced that it is adding support for Pointer Events to the Blink engine.

In a post on the Microsoft Open Technologies website, Microsoft said that even though it is releasing a way for Pointer Events to work in Blink, it still plans to "continue our collaboration with the WebKit community." It also said that the Pointer Events specification has now been published by the World Wide Web Consortium as a Candidate Recommendation. Microsoft said the decision by the W3C is "an important step" on the path to getting Pointer Events as a website standard. It added:

So much progress — Pointer Events enables you to build for the future of the Web, today. So when someone invents the next big input breakthrough (such as Tom Cruise’s crime lab from Minority Report or Tony Stark’s holographic CAD console from Iron Man), you’re already on your way to supporting new input features.

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Obry said,
And Google returns the favor with a cease and desist letter

The two have nothing to do with one another...nice try tho.

SpyderCanopus said,
Chrome needs multi-touch input support. IE10 is the only real choice for a tablet browser at this point.

Kind of a pain on Android, but Chrome tends to display websites better than FF.

SpyderCanopus said,
Chrome needs multi-touch input support. IE10 is the only real choice for a tablet browser at this point.

*cough* Safari *cough*

Well I missed the announcement from Google in April about ditching webKit.

This sounds quite contrary to Larry Page's negativity comments from earlier in the day.

They didn't exactly ditch Webkit! They forked it because they wanted to add features more quickly to it and there were differences between them and the original webkit owners over the roadmap direction for webkit.