JavaScript touchend versus click dilemma

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I am working on some javascript UI, and using a lot of touch events like 'touchend' for improved response on touch devices. However, there are some logical issues which are bugging me …

I have seen that many developers mingle 'touchend' and 'click' in the same event. In many cases it will not hurt, but essentially the function would fire twice on touch devices:

button.on('click touchend', function(event) {
  // this fires twice on touch devices
});

It has been suggested that one could detect touch capability, and set the event appropriately for example:

var myEvent = ('ontouchstart' in document.documentElement) ? 'touchend' : 'click';
button.on(myEvent, function(event) {
  // this fires only once regardless of device
});

The problem with the above, is that it will break on devices that support both touch and mouse. If the user is currently using mouse on a dual-input device, the 'click' will not fire because only 'touchend' is assigned to the button.

Another solution is to detect the device (e.g. "iOS") and assign an event based on that:
Click event called twice on touchend in iPad.
Of course, the solution in the link above is only for iOS (not Android or other devices), and seems more like a "hack" to solve something quite elementary.

Another solution would be to detect mouse-motion, and combine it with touch-capability to figure out if the user is on mouse or touch. Problem of course being that the user might not be moving the mouse from when you want to detect it …

The most reliable solution I can think of, is to use a simple debounce function to simply make sure the function only triggers once within a short interval (for example 100ms):

button.on('click touchend', $.debounce(100, function(event) {
  // this fires only once on all devices
}));

Am I missing something, or does anyone have any better suggestions?

Edit: I found this link after my post, which suggests a similar solution as the above:
How to bind 'touchstart' and 'click' events but not respond to both?

Best Solution

After a day of research, I figured the best solution is to just stick to click and use https://github.com/ftlabs/fastclick to remove the touch delay. I am not 100% sure this is as efficient as touchend, but not far from at least.

I did figure out a way to disable triggering events twice on touch by using stopPropagation and preventDefault, but this is dodgy as it could interfere with other touch gestures depending on the element where it is applied:

button.on('touchend click', function(event) {
  event.stopPropagation();
  event.preventDefault();
  // this fires once on all devices
});

I was in fact looking for a solution to combine touchstart on some UI elements, but I can't see how that can be combined with click other than the solution above.