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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] Alternative approach to MT_TOOL_ENVELOPE
>>>

>>> With regards to partial MT devices, if the device provides a single
>>> valued property, such as pressure and tool type for synaptics, it may
>>> only be provided through the traditional property semantics, i.e.
>>> ABS_PRESSURE and BTN_TOOL_*. If the device provides multiple values for
>>> a property, then ABS_MT_* types may be used as well to provide up to two
>>> values, though the client should understand there's no direct
>>> correlation between the slot's coordinates and the property. I could see
>>> this being used to provide info on multiple tool types or a high and low
>>> pressure.
>>>
>>> Enforcing the above behaviour provides even more information about the
>>> capabilities of the device based solely on the evdev codes published.
>>
>>
>> Looks good, but I do not think we need to formalize all possibilities here, only
>> the usage of MT data for bounding rectangle and ST data for finger count.
>> Referring to the patch just sent: whenever INPUT_PROP_SEMI_MT is true, this
>> behavior is expected. In the event of new odd hardware, the combination of a new
>> property quirk and a documented recipe should do the trick.
>
> Would you feel comfortable stating the above in less concrete terms, as
> sort of a best practices guide? I'd like to know for this specific case
> if you agree beyond ST finger count data, or if you feel we should do
> something else like always provide as much data as possible in MT
> properties? It's a real corner case, and I don't care too much one way
> or another. I just don't want synaptics implemented one way, elantech
> another, etc.


A driver can still choose to report ABS_MT_PRESSURE for instance, in which case
it is assumed to make sense for individual fingers/corners. For semi-mt devices,
it seems reasonable to go to the ST variants to collect information not provided
via the MT protocol. I see no immediate reason to specify beyond that point.

Thanks,
Henrik


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