Pointer events extend DOM input events to support various pointing input devices such as pen/stylus and touch screens as well as mouse. The pointer is a hardware-agnostic device that can target a specific set of screen coordinates. Having a single event model for pointers can simplify creating Web sites, applications and provide a good user experience regardless of the user's hardware.
A pointer is a hardware agnostic representation of input devices (such as a mouse, pen or contact point on a touch-enable surface). The pointer can target a specific coordinate (or set of coordinates) on the contact surface such as a screen.