Re: Pointer events – active buttons state & pen devices

On 5 Feb 2013, at 03:45, Jacob Rossi wrote:

>> I'm trying to imagine how a pen user will be able to “right click” on an item with the proposed API. At the moment, a pen user might hover over something and press the barrel button. Their OS will transmit a “right click” type event to the application which will respond accordingly, eg by displaying a menu.
>> With the pointer events API, this action doesn't create any event, because the pointer is not “down”. The user can hold down the barrel button and then tap the pen onto the digitiser surface, but this is a different experience to the OS-provided behaviour.
> Clicking the barrel button while hovering the screen does not produce a right-click in Windows 8 (and, I think...Windows 7). You need to press the button and tap the pen tip on the screen.  So in this case, the page gets a pointerdown/pointerup with the "right" button values for button/buttons.  In what OS do you see the hovering barrel click behavior you describe?

I've only owned one tablet, a cheap device that didn't use the patented Wacom stylus technology. I don't use it any more and the drivers I had are only for PowerPC Mac (I have a more modern computer now). I believe the right-click behaviour was as I've described but replicating this would be really difficult.

Tim Bannister –

Received on Tuesday, 5 February 2013 19:07:43 UTC