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A simple, standalone library to invoke the tap event for touch-friendly web browsers.

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Tappable

Tappable is a simple, standalone library to invoke the tap event for touch-friendly web browsers. Currently it's only tested on iOS Mobile Safari as I don't have any other smartphones to test with. The codebase is heavily inspired by Matteo Spinelli's Remove onClick delay on webkit for iPhone and Ryan Fioravanti's Creating Fast Buttons for Mobile Web Applications.

Here's how you implement the code:

tappable('#selector', function(){
    alert('tap');
});

Simple.

Why 'tap'?

First, it would be wise to read the articles linked above to understand the purpose of this script. But if you're lazy, take a look at this diagram:

Diagram 1

So, that's the tap event. But wait the minute, I can just use the touchend event to simulate a tap, right? Wrong, because:

Diagram 2

This means that once the finger moves, it will not fire the tap event. However, Tappable works in two special cases. First is the normal case:

Diagram 3

When the page scrolls, the button is not tapped.

The second case is the noScroll mode, where moving your finger on the element will not make the page scroll. This is useful for mobile web apps which might implement their own fixed headers or sections on the page.

Diagram 4

The button is tapped when the finger is on top of the button, even after moving in and out.

Documentation

Syntax

tappable(selector, opts);

Arguments

  1. selector - (string) The CSS selector expression of element to be tapped.
  2. opts - The options object or a function.
    • (object) The options to be passed.
    • (function) The function to execute when tapped.

Options

  • noScroll - (boolean: defaults to false) Whether or not to scroll when moving on the element.
  • activeClass - (string: defaults to tappable-active) A string indicating the active class applied to the element.
  • onTap - (function) The function to execute when tapped.
  • onStart - (function) The function to execute when touchstart event is fired.
  • onMove - (function) The function to execute when touchmove event is fired.
  • onMoveOut - (function) The function to execute when touch moves out of the element, if noScroll is true.
  • onMoveIn - (function) The function to execute when touch moves back in the element, if noScroll is true.
  • onEnd - (function) The function to execute when touchend event is fired.
  • onCancel - (function) The function to execute when touchcancel event is fired, or when touch moves if noScroll is false.
  • allowClick - (boolean: defaults to false) Whether or not to preventDefault the click on the element.
  • boundMargin - (integer: defaults to 50) A number indicating the bounding area of tapped region (of the element).
  • noScrollDelay - (integer: defaults to 0) A number indicating the delay in ms before 'noScroll' option kicks in.
  • activeClassDelay - (integer: defaults to 0) A number indicating the delay in ms before the active class is applied.
  • inactiveClassDelay - (integer: defaults to 0) A number indicating the delay in ms before the active class is removed.

Instance Object

  • el - (object) A reference to the bound DOM element.
  • destroy - (function) Removes event listeners from the bound DOM element.

Demo

Load http://fiddle.jshell.net/cheeaun/jxwsy/show/light/ in your browser. Edit here http://jsfiddle.net/cheeaun/jxwsy/. Or scan this QR code:

http://fiddle.jshell.net/cheeaun/jxwsy/show/light/

Event Delegation (for tagged version 0.1)

Note: This is no longer needed. The latest code now does event delegation by default.

Here's a simple example:

tappable(document.body || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0], {
    onTap: function(e, target){
        // e.target works too
        if (target.tagName.toLowerCase() == 'a'){
            alert('tap');
        }
    }
});

For (almost) every callback function, a second argument which is the target element node, is passed. As a bonus, the event object also have an additional target attribute which is the target node (can be any node type, not just element node).

Contributing

Feel free to fork this project! Help and feedback would be appreciated, especially if this could be tested on Android, WebOS or any other touch-friendly browsers, not just mobile ones.

License

Tappable is licensed under the MIT license.

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