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Windows, Firefox and Touch events

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Posted 18th Oct 2013 at 21:54
gareth Administrator Daily subscriber
Firefox is updated so regularly I don't always test every part of Puzzlemix when a new version comes out, but I discovered today that the current Firefox version has entirely disabled touch support on Windows. This is because they'd broken Firefox seriously enough that their touch implementation had stopped a whole load of websites working, so rather than correct this they just disabled touch entirely. This seems to be on the basis that "probably noone uses it much on Windows, so it doesn't matter".

More information on the Firefox bug.

The upshot is that touchscreen performance in Puzzlemix on Firefox has some issues in Windows - e.g. if you select 'Clear' in the Nurikabe/Hanjie/Hitori/Slitherlink players it will disable again when you try to place an element. There's little point me trying to work around this.

I think touch support in Windows should be considered 'waiting for browser support' in Puzzlemix for now. It mostly works, though, and if you don't have any problems then great!

Only Chrome currently sends touch events in Windows, incidentally. Internet Explorer doesn't (or at least, it doesn't use any of the touch* events - it may be possible to access via some private Microsoft interface, but I'm not going to waste time worrying about that when I'm not sure anyone even uses touch in IE on Windows 8 to play Puzzlemix anyway!).

Gareth, puzzlemix

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