To avoid confusion on touch feature detection, ontouch* members on window, document, and element are disabled by default on desktop devices (Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS). Note that this is not disabling touches, and usage such as `addEventListener("touchstart", ...)` is not being affected.


Specification link

Specification being incubated in a Community Group

Status in Chromium


Enabled by default (tracking bug)

Consensus & Standardization

After a feature ships in Chrome, the values listed here are not guaranteed to be up to date.

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* It is suggest to use PointerEvent APIs to better support both touch and mouse. * Site should use navigator.maxTouchPoints for touchscreen detection, and Windows.TouchEvent for TouchEvent feature detection. * These APIs will still be enabled with Chrome DevTools mobile emulation mode

Last updated on 2021-12-21