Designing for the web: tap vs click

From the outside, there is not much difference between a click event on a website and a touch or tap event. As a website user, if you see a link and click or tap it, you get the next page. Technically speaking though, they are quite different.

Under the hood there is a 300ms (+/-) delay between the click and touchstart events in the browser (though there are spec changes being worked up as you read this). This allows for things like pinch zoom, scrolling, the user cancelling a touch event and so on. The result of this delay is a perceived sluggish interface or website. The other difference is in the interaction of a person using a mouse on a desktop computer, compared to a person simply touching the screen of a device.

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