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This property is the angle (in degrees) between the Y-Z plane of the pointer and the screen. This property is typically only useful for a pen/stylus pointer type. The range of values is -90 to 90 degrees and a positive value means a tilt to the right. For devices that do not support this property, the value is 0.

For an illustration of this property see Figure 2 in the specification.

This property is Read only .


var tilt = pointerEvent.tiltX;

Return value

The angle between the Y-Z plane of the pointer (stylus) and the screen.


This example illustrates simple accessing of the tiltX and tiltY properties.

someElement.addEventListener("pointerdown", function(ev) {
   process_tilt(ev.tiltX, ev.tiltY);
 }, false);


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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support5512



1042 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.

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