Touch/mouse event processing in Android's browser

by ...Max... » Wed, 22 Oct 2008 09:23:07 GMT

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 Is there any way to process the messages generated by the touch events
in Android's version of WebKit? On iPhone, this is done with
additional events (ontouchstart, ontouchend, ontouchmove). I
understand these are not available in Android. I have tried (on the
emulator) monitoring the onmousedown, onmouseup and onmousemove which
are implemented in base WebKit and the results were not encouraging:

- Clicking and releasing the mouse without moving it generates
onmousedown followed by onmouseup but ONLY when the mouse button is
- Clicking, holding for a short period of time, moving and then
releasing generates a sequence of onmousemove, onmousedown, onmouseup
(in that order) again, ONLY when the button is released
- Clicking, moving immediately and releasing does not generate any

This is clearly not enough for any kind of touch-based UI. Is there
some provision in the DOM, or a <meta> tag for capturing the missing

Thanks in advance,


Touch/mouse event processing in Android's browser

by csvy » Sat, 29 Nov 2008 16:30:50 GMT

 Has anyone made any progress on this?  I skimmed through the Webkit
source used in Android, but I couldn't find any non-standard events
(although it is extraordinarily possible that I missed something).

I really need to be able to get touch events and this seems like a
huge omission...


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