I asked this over on the ESRI forum but it didn't get any traction. I have an app that I'm designing specifically for mobile. At one point in its usage, a user needs to pan and zoom to a location and select a point and get back the evt.mapPoint.x/y. While developing on a desktop/laptop, the double-click event is available. One mobile, it's not. ESRI does support a double-tap/click to zoom the map, but this event doesn't look like I can use it to select a location. I've tried using Dojo Gestures for a tap.hold event, but the ESRI API doesn't honor this event. Right now, this is how I'm implementing it.

pickLocation: function() {
          var pick = on(map, 'dbl-click', function(evt) {
            var latLng = webMercatorUtils.xyToLngLat(evt.mapPoint.x, evt.mapPoint.y);
            var location = {};
            coords = {
              latitude: latLng[1],
              longitude: latLng[0],
            var locationInfo = {
              point: evt.mapPoint
            topic.publish('location-picked', locationInfo);

Any ideas on how to either get a double-tap or tap and hold event to connect?


I was going to suggest using the dojo gesture library, grabbing the screen coordinates,converting them using esri/geometry/screenUtils, but it appears that dojox/gesture/tap does not contain the pageX or pageY details in the returned event. open ticket.

If this did work, you could capture the double tap like this fiddle.

Using Hammer.js I got very close in this fiddle.

Relevant code to capture the double tap event.

var hammertime = Hammer(dom.byId("mapDiv"));
hammertime.on("doubletap", function (e) {
    // convert screen coords to map coords
    var x, y, point, mapPoint, sms, graphic;
    x = e.gesture.center.pageX;
    y = e.gesture.center.pageY;
    point = new Point(x, y);
    mapPoint = screenUtils.toMapPoint(
    sms = new SimpleMarkerSymbol().setStyle(
                  .setColor(new Color([255, 0, 0, 0.5])

    graphic = new Graphic(mapPoint, sms);

There is a slight offset of where the graphic is placed versus where the map was actually double-tapped, but I think this has to do with the frames. You may have some luck going down this route and doing some additional math for margins/padding if required. The Hammer gestures may work better for you on mobile than the Dojo ones will,

Hope that helps.

  • Thanks Rene. This looks like a pretty workable solution. I'll play with it a bit. I'm thinking every time they mention 'mobile' at the dev summit, perhaps I should sneeze out "double-click" ala Top Gun. – Jim Wharton Jan 14 '14 at 17:46

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