Re: [PATCH 2/2] input: mt: Document the MT event slot protocol (rev3)

From: Henrik Rydberg
Date: Sat May 22 2010 - 17:16:35 EST

Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 12:38:48PM +0200, Henrik Rydberg wrote:
>> Rafi Rubin wrote:
>>> On 05/21/10 13:49, Henrik Rydberg wrote:
>>>> Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
>>>>> I guess this is where our disconnect lies as when I am looking at the
>>>>> event names I view all *_MT_* events as related to the multitouch
>>>>> protocol handling.
>>>> Yes. It is true that slot control is MT related, but I am looking at this from
>>>> the perspective of future expansions like KEY_MT, KEY_REL, and such, finding a
>>>> way to signal to user space which events are handled via slots. If we had
>>>> ABS_MT_SLOT, we would most likely get applications which store ABS_MT_SLOT as an
>>>> attribute of the slot together with ABS_MT_POSITION_X, ABS_MT_TOUCH_MAJOR, etc,
>>>> which is just not right. So the proposal is ABS_SLOT. May we have your verdict,
>>>> please. :-)
>>>> Henrik
>>> How many fingers can type on cap of a key?
>> It depends on the size of the key, does it not. :-)
>> Getting serious, it is anyone's guess what will happen next, but I was picturing
>> a table, with a large multitouch screen and buttons along the side of the table.
>> Sure, we can do "ABS_BTN_0", "ABS_BTN_1", etc, but with slots in place, it seems
>> more natural to use something like "ABS_MT_BTN_X". While at it, REL_MT event
>> makes sense for those touchscreen techniques which register changes, like
>> acoustic pulse recognition.
> While I could see relative MT events I do not understand the need for
> slotted key events. We already allow pressing multiple keys at once and
> if a device has 2 separate keys with the same event - they either should
> be treated as one logical key or 2 separate input devices.


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