Microsoft is exploring inking improvements for Chromium browsers

Microsoft is exploring web inking improvements for
Chromium-based browsers (Chrome and Edge), according to new
code commits made by Edge team.

In one code commit, Microsoft noted
that it’s turning off ‘prediction drawing’ partially for a new
experimental feature to improve the inking support in the
browser. This will allow Microsoft partners to test its new
API  and re-enable prediction again when they’ve greater
confidence in the optimal amount of prediction.

In another
proposal, Microsoft revealed that it’s adding support for
‘hovering state’ to Chromium’s existing ‘DelegatedInkMetadata’
feature. Currently, when you draw using your mouse and left
button is released, the delegated ink trail will continue
briefly in the browser.

This happens when Edge or Google Chrome process is not aware of
the ink trail. Microsoft’s solution will take a moment for the
renderer to process the event and send an updated command to
the browser, telling it to stop forwarding points.

“This CL is the first step in fixing this issue by tracking the
state of the left mouse button on the DelegatedInkMetadata,”
Microsoft noted in a bug post.

For Chromium-based Edge, Microsoft has already confirmed that a
few new inking improvements are coming to the browser. For
example, a future update will enable a new inking experience
for those who use a stylus on PDFs and switch between pen and

Edge inking

The Redmond firm is also working on a new feature that will
automatically detect a stylus and turn off the inking with
touch, so you can easily scroll and draw with the stylus. For
those with a mouse, Microsoft has already introduced ‘Web
Capture’ feature with inking support, and there are plans to
further improve the experience.

In addition to inking feature,
Microsoft is exploring a new context menu, download manager
scrolling improvements for Chromium Edge.

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