Google will now improvise on a user’s scrolling experience in its Chrome browser as it plans to support Pointer Events, a standard that was first introduced by Microsoft in Internet Explorer. Usually, the general touch support for Chrome browser on a Windows tablet offers a poor scrolling performance and Google plans to work on this fix by introducing Pointer Events.
Pointer Events offers some technical advantages over the existing use of Touch Events and Mouse Events. The Verge reported that Google has always preferred to focus its efforts on supporting Touch Events, a method used by Apple in its Safari browser. Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera have all adopted Pointer Events.
With this feature, scrolling and touch interactions should improve dramatically in Chrome, added the report. Google announced this decision based on the feedback from the web community. Software Engineer on Google Chrome and ChromeOS Rick Byers reveals that, “replacing all touch event handlers with pointer event handlers will address the main longstanding source of scroll-start jank we see on Android.”
Google seems positive that it will succeed in implementing the new standard alongside its existing Touch Events support without affecting performance. However, users will not experience this change immediately. The company plans to take time to build the support and test it with nightly and weekly versions of Chrome.