Re: [pointerevents] Stylus eraser: should it be a new pointerType instead of a button state?

> ... I would still perceive the pen as being a single "pen" type even
 when flipped.

I completely agree that from the usability standpoint, it should 
behave as a single pen. But the "active button state" is what gives me
 worries, see below...

> Whether it's a flipped pen (like the Wacom stylus) or the pen in the
 same orientation but with the eraser button pressed (like on the 
Surface) seems more of a skeuomorphic gimmick / usability issue to 
me...the end result is still that the user wants to erase something 
with their pen.

Again, I agree that for both cases, the user _wants_ to erase 
something. The follow-up action is more important here: when should 
the user _start_ to erase something? I argue that erasing while 
hovering seems too destructive, erasing should start only when the pen
 is touching the surface.

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