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P. Koch: The Touch Events (60 min.)

  • Development Hall
  • en › cs

mobile, touch, javascript

On touchscreen phones, the touch action is a frightfully complicated one, since it can mean several things. Users may touch their phone because they want to click a link, because they want to scroll, or because they want to zoom. Handling these various use cases correctly is what distinguishes a good touchscreen phone from a bad one.

The touch action also fires several JavaScript events which web developers need in order to create an appealing website that works well on touchscreen phones. We’ll discuss these events, too.

Finally we’ll take a brief look to see what the future holds in terms of touch actions.

Peter-Paul Koch (NL)

mobile platform strategist at

Peter-Paul Koch is a mobile platform strategist, consultant, and trainer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He concentrates on Web technologies, mobile websites, and W3C Widgets.

He specialises in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and browser compatibility. He has won international renown with his browser compatibility research and his publications on this site and others, frequently speaks at conferences, has founded Fronteers, the Dutch association of front-end professionals, and advises browser vendors on their implementation of Web standards.

On the Web he is universally known as ppk.

He feels like Caesar when he talks about himself in the third person, but he will not conquer Gaul. More importantly, he will not write his memoirs in Latin.

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