Microsoft Adds Pointer Events To Firefox

By | June 18, 2013

Microsoft Adds Pointer Events To Firefox

Back in 2012, Microsoft has started working on Pointer Events, a new web standard (which is already marked as a Candidate Recommendation by W3C) that would allow web sites to accept inputs from quite a few different sources, such as a touchscreen and pen, has now gained even more traction.

Just before year’s end, Microsoft released a patch that brought Pointer Events specifications to all WebKit web browsers, followed by Blink patch earlier this year.

Now, the software giant has announced that Firefox too received a prototype patch, which means that Microsoft covered pretty much every web browser.

So when is it coming to the masses? Not anytime soon as it’s yet to be approved. However, according to W3C, “During the Candidate Recommendation period, which ends 09 August 2013, the WG will complete its test suite. Before this specification exits Candidate Recommendation, two or more independent implementations must pass each test, although no single implementation must pass each test. The group will also create an Implementation Report.”

If you would like to learn more about Pointer Events, check the following page.

[Via: Neowin]

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  1. IE User says:

    Good, All these needed to get the best out off Windows8 and +. Hopefully this get approved soon.

    • Przemysław Lib says:


      You do not need Win8 to benefit.

      In fact now it will be possible to access input from watcom tablets & family.

      Or touchpads, or …

      On WinXP +

      That is good.

  2. Steve Faulkner says:

    “So when is it coming to the masses? Not anytime soon as it’s yet to be approved.”

    Approval is not required for it to be interoperably implemented or be available for the masses. Much of HTML5 for example is implemented across browsers (for example) and that is is still in CR. The CR stage is for testing of interoperability, browsers don’t wait before implementing in stable releases.