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pointer is a CSS media feature that can be used to check whether the primary input mechanism is a pointing device, and if so, how accurate it is.

Enumerated values

Value Meaning
none The primary input mechanism of the device does not include a pointing device.
coarse The primary input mechanism of the device includes a pointing device of limited accuracy.
fine The primary input mechanism of the device includes an accurate pointing device.


<!-- CSS media query within a stylesheet -->
@media (pointer: coarse) {
  input[type="radio"] {



Specification Status Comment
Media Queries Level 4
The definition of 'pointer' in that specification.
Working Draft Added in Media Queries Level 4

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Edge Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 41 No support[2] 20 or earlier (12) Nightly build 28 9.0 [1]
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support 50 No support[2] 36 ? 9.2

[1]: Implemented in WebKit bug #134822.

[2]: bug 1035774 – Implement Interaction Media Features

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