HTML5 "Pointer Events Level 2" become a W3C Candidate Recommendation

The HTML5 Landscape is constantly evolving, allowing Web apps to become increasingly sophisticated. "Pointer Events" define events and related interfaces for handling hardware agnostic pointer input from devices like a mouse, pen, or touchscreen. The initial specification became a W3C recommendation in February 2015.

The follow-up specification "Pointer Events Level 2" was started shortly after that, allowing the general model to evolve. It has now been advanced to Candidate Recommendation (CR) status, meaning that the document is believed to be stable, and implementation by the developer community is encouraged.

The abstract of the "Pointer Events Level 2" document reads as follows:

"The features in this specification extend or modify those found in "Pointer Events", a W3C Recommendation that describes events and related interfaces for handling hardware agnostic pointer input from devices including a mouse, pen, touchscreen, etc. For compatibility with existing mouse based content, this specification also describes a mapping to fire Mouse Events for other pointer device types."

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Erik Wilde

Lead API Technologist

An expert in protocol design and structured data, Erik Wilde consults with organizations to help them get the most out of APIs and microservices. Erik has been involved in the development of innovative technologies since the advent of the Web and is active in the IETF and W3C communities. He obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich and served as Associate Adjunct Professor at Berkeley before working at EMC, Siemens and now CA Technologies.

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