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The InputDeviceCapabilities.firesTouchEvents read-only property returns a Boolean that indicates whether the device dispatches touch events.

You can use this property to detect mouse events that represent an action that may already have been handled by touch event handlers. This doesn't necessarily mean the device is a touch screen. For example, stylus and mouse devices typically generate touch events on mobile browsers.


var boolean = InputDeviceCapabilities.firesTouchEvents


A Boolean


myButton.addEventListener('mousedown', function(e) {
  if (!e.sourceCapabilities.firesTouchEvents)


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'fireTouchEvents' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition.

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 47 ? ? ? ?
Feature Android Android Webview Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support 47 ? ? ? ? ? 47

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