[OpenLayers-Dev] Touch Navigation on non-iOS/Android

christopher.schmidt at nokia.com christopher.schmidt at nokia.com
Thu Feb 24 12:31:45 EST 2011

On Feb 24, 2011, at 6:07 PM, ext rldhont wrote:

> Hi,

The Touch Events are actually built into the latest Firefox4;
"Touching is Good" is an addon that lets you record touch events
and replay them on the desktop, rather than something that
adds on touch events.

Firefox4 on Maemo does not implement any kind of touching events;
the events are implemented on Windows 7, not on other platforms.

-- Chris

> For Firefox 4 Beta Mobile touch event can be add with an add-on: Touching is good
> https://addons.mozilla.org/fr/mobile/addon/touching-is-good/versions/
> Firefox 4 Beta Mobile is available on Maemo and android :
> http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/beta/
> https://market.android.com/details?id=org.mozilla.firefox
> I hope this will help mobile OpenLayers developper.
> René-Luc D'Hont
> 3Liz
> Le 22/02/2011 22:00, christopher.schmidt at nokia.com a écrit :
>> Hi,
>> As part of my investigations of the past two days, I have found that
>> other than iOS and Android platforms, there are no mobile browsers
>> that implement multitouch on the mobile devices we have available to
>> us.
>> Specifically, I have tested:
>>   * Opera Mobile on E7
>>   * Symbian Webkit on E7
>>   * Built-in Maemo browser on N900
>>   * Firefox 4 Beta on N900
>>   * Current IE on WP7 (which I think is an IE7/IE8 hybrid)
>> We do not currently have a Blackberry device available for testing,
>> so I have not tested on that platform, but based on web research,
>> I see no evidence that this platform supports touch events either.
>> In order to accommodate map browsing on these browsers, it is my
>> intent to add to the Navigation control functionality that allows
>> users of mobile browsers which do not support touch to 'tap' the map
>> to center the map. This functionality is implemented in several
>> map applications on devices with poor touch support, and although
>> it is less satisfying than dragging to pan, it is my hope that this
>> allows us to have some limited support while improved browser
>> support for these events become available.
>> According to:
>>   http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_browser-ww-monthly-201001-201101
>> Opera has approximately 20% marketshare, Nokia 15%, and Blackberry
>> 15%, in the mobile browser space. Adding this support should allow us
>> some limited functionality in this 50% of the browsers.
>> If users have Blackberry devices available and are interested in
>> helping to test this functionality, please join us on IRC tomorrow;
>> as soon as I get a sandbox together that implements the functionality,
>> I'll report it to this list and to the IRC channel and ask for
>> testing from any interested parties.
>> Thanks,

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