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    Indicates whether or not the device is providing orientation data absolutely (that is, in reference to the Earth's coordinate frame) or using some arbitrary frame determined by the device. See Orientation and motion data explained for details.


    var absolute = instanceOfDeviceOrientationEvent.absolute;

    On return, absolute is true if the orientation data in instanceOfDeviceOrientationEvent is provided as the difference between the Earth's coordinate frame and the device's coordinate frame, or false if the orientation data is being provided in reference to some arbitrary, device-determined coordinate frame.


    Specification Status Comment
    Device Orientation Events Working Draft Initial specification.

    Browser compatibility

    Compatibility for DeviceOrientationEvent:

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support 7.0 3.6 (mozOrientation),
    ? ? ?
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support 3.0 3.6 (mozOrientation),
    Not supported Not supported 4.2

    Gecko-specific notes

    Firefox 3.6, 4, and 5 supported mozOrientation instead of the standard DeviceOrientationEvent interface

    See also

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