Passive Event Listeners is a way to improve the scroll performance by unblocking scrolling on touch and wheel event listeners, so that scrolling happens immediately while the events are processed by javascript. alexclarke@ proposed that we should treat all the touchstart and first touchmove event listeners as passive while there’s an active fling animation.




Editor's draft

Status in Chromium


Browser Intervention (tracking bug) in:

  • Chrome for desktop release 57
  • Chrome for Android release 57

Consensus & Standardization

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Safari sets events’ cancelable to be false while the fling animation is active, and calling ‘preventDefault’ does not have any effect on them. Our intervention has the same behaviors, but we see non-cancelable events more often, maybe because our configured fling speed is lower or fling interval is longer. Firefox and IE/Edge do not handle the event listeners at all during fling.

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Passive Listeners, Touch Intervention, intervention,

Last updated on 2020-11-09