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The height read-only property of the PointerEvent interface represents the height of the pointer's contact geometry, along the Y axis (in CSS pixels). Depending on the source of the pointer device (for example a finger), for a given pointer, each event may produce a different value.

If the input hardware cannot report the contact geometry to the browser, the height defaults to 1.


var contactHeight = pointerEvent.height;

Return value

The height of the event's contact area (in CSS pixels).


An example of this property is included in the PointerEvent.width example.


Specification Status Comment
Pointer Events – Level 2
The definition of 'height' in that specification.
Working Draft Non-stable version.
Pointer Events
The definition of 'height' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support5512





42 No
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support555512



42 No ?

1. From version 41: this feature is behind the dom.w3c_pointer_events.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.

2. Returns values in screen pixels instead of CSS document pixels.

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