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A global event handler for the touchstart event.

This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for the proper prefixes to use in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the spec changes.

Note: This attribute has not been formally standardized. It is specified in the Touch Events – Level 2 Editor's Draft specification and not in Touch Events Recommendation. This attribute is not widely implemented.


var startHandler = someElement.ontouchstart;

Return value

The touchstart event handler for element someElement.


This example shows two ways to use ontouchstart to set an element's touchstart event handler.

function startTouch(ev) {
 // Process the event
function init() {
 var el=document.getElementById("target1");
 el.ontouchstart = startTouch;
<body onload="init();">
<div id="target1"> Touch me ... </div>
<div id="target2" ontouchstart="startTouch(event)"> Touch me ... </div>


Specification Status Comment
Touch Events – Level 2 Editor's Draft Non-stable version.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support          
Feature Android Android Webview Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support                

See also

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