Microsoft adding Pointer Events support for Firefox

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 familiar mouse-keyboard input. Since then, Microsoft has releases prototype patches for its Pointer Events specifications that could be used in WebKit-based web browsers and in Google's Blink web browser engine for Chrome.

On Monday, in a new post on the Microsoft Open Technologies website, the company announced it has released a prototype patch that will allow the Pointer Events specifications to work on Mozilla's Firefox browser. Microsoft added, "This initial open source patch for Mozilla Firefox adds to the Web community convergence around the Pointer Events specification and we plan to continue our collaboration with the Blink, WebKit and Mozilla communities."

With the Pointer Events specification now available for developers to use as prototypes for Internet Explorer, WebKit, Blink and now Firefox, that means they now cover nearly all PC web browsers. The specification has already been published by the World Wide Web Consortium as a Candidate Recommendation and it seems likely that the W3C will approve Pointer Events as a true web standard at some point.

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bviktor said,
Queue the clueless hater zealots being afraid of backdoors!

Actually, you're the first zealot to comment. This is a good spec and has nothing to do with any sort of backdoor thing.

The question however is whether, once merged in Webkit, whether it'll actually appear in Safari or whether the changes merged with Firefox will appear. It is one thing to merge improvements but another thing for the projects to embrace it and use it in their final product.

I'm hoping it eventually finds its way into Chrome as well. IE is currently the only browser for windows that has proper touch support.

pack34 said,
I'm hoping it eventually finds its way into Chrome as well. IE is currently the only browser for windows that has proper touch support.

"With the Pointer Events specification now available for developers to use as prototypes for Internet Explorer, WebKit, Blink and now Firefox,"

Blink is the Chrome engine now. ^

yakumo said,

"With the Pointer Events specification now available for developers to use as prototypes for Internet Explorer, WebKit, Blink and now Firefox,"

Blink is the Chrome engine now. ^


That it becomes part of Blink doesn't mean that it will be part of Chrome. Beside, Blink is a small part of Chromium, and Chromium is a part of Chrome, but not everything in Blink/Chromium is available in Chrome.

Studio384 said,

That it becomes part of Blink doesn't mean that it will be part of Chrome. Beside, Blink is a small part of Chromium, and Chromium is a part of Chrome, but not everything in Blink/Chromium is available in Chrome.

While true, I think it's pretty certain this feature will end up there. The Chromium / Chrome differences mostly seem to revolve around issues on web standards involving patents.

Northgrove said,

While true, I think it's pretty certain this feature will end up there. The Chromium / Chrome differences mostly seem to revolve around issues on web standards involving patents.

I'm not so sure. Google seems hell-bent on sabotaging Microsoft's modern efforts. No WP support (actively sabotaging that actually) and Chrome has truly horrible support for touch and high DPI displays on Windows.