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The preventDefault and the stopPropagation at ontouchend seems to be swallowing all the anchor taps. There should be some login to enable links to be tapped inside the scroller
You're totally right. Adding logic to determine which taps were for sliding and which were interacting with other DOM elements would be a big step in taking this from a sample to production quality code.
There are a lot of ways this would need to change to become a production quality widget, but it's just a sample which supports the article.
Thank you for the feedback. Please feel free to fork and create a more robust version. I'd love to see the link if you did.