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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The InkPresenter interface of the Ink API provides the ability to instruct the OS-level compositor to render ink strokes between pointer event dispatches.

Instance properties

expectedImprovement Experimental Read only

Returns a value, in milliseconds, indicating the latency improvement that can be expected using this presenter.

presentationArea Experimental Read only

Returns the Element inside which rendering of ink strokes is confined.

Instance methods

updateInkTrailStartPoint() Experimental

Passes the PointerEvent that was used as the last rendering point for the current frame, allowing the OS-level compositor to render a delegated ink trail ahead of the next pointer event being dispatched.


In this example, we draw a trail onto a 2D canvas. Near the start of the code, we call Ink.requestPresenter(), passing it the canvas as the presentation area for it to take care of and storing the promise it returns in the presenter variable.

Later on, in the pointermove event listener, the new position of the trailhead is drawn onto the canvas each time the event fires. In addition, the InkPresenter object returned when the presenter promise fulfills has its updateInkTrailStartPoint() method invoked; this is passed:

  • The last trusted pointer event representing the rendering point for the current frame.
  • A style object containing color and diameter settings.

The result is that a delegated ink trail is drawn ahead of the default browser rendering on the app's behalf, in the specified style, until the next time it receives a pointermove event.

const ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');
let presenter ={presentationArea: canvas});
let move_cnt = 0;
let style = { color: "rgba(0, 0, 255, 1)", diameter: 10 };

function getRandomInt(min, max) {
    min = Math.ceil(min);
    max = Math.floor(max);
    return Math.floor(Math.random() * (max - min + 1)) + min;

canvas.addEventListener("pointermove", evt => {
  const pointSize = 10;
  ctx.fillStyle = "#000000";
  ctx.fillRect(evt.pageX, evt.pageY, pointSize, pointSize);
  if (move_cnt == 50) {
      let r = getRandomInt(0,255);
      let g = getRandomInt(0,255);
      let b = getRandomInt(0,255);
      style = { color: "rgba("+r+", "+g+", "+b+", 1)", diameter:10};
      move_cnt = 0;
      document.getElementById('div').style.backgroundColor = "rgba("+r+", "+g+", "+b+", 1)";
  move_cnt += 1;
  presenter.then(function(v) { v.updateInkTrailStartPoint(evt, style); });

window.addEventListener("pointerdown", evt => {
  ctx.clearRect(0, 0, ctx.canvas.width, ctx.canvas.height);

canvas.width =  window.innerWidth;
canvas.height = window.innerHeight;

Note: See this example running live — Delegated ink trail.


# ink-presenter

Browser compatibility

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See also