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Chapter 17: Taps, Touches, and Gestures > The Four Touch Notification Methods

The Four Touch Notification Methods

Four methods are used to notify a responder about touches. When the user first touches the screen, the system looks for a responder that has a method called touchesBegan:withEvent:. To find out when the user first begins a gesture or taps the screen, implement this method in your view or your view controller. Here's an example of what that method might look like:

- (void)touchesBegan:(NSSet *)touches withEvent:(UIEvent *)event {
    NSUInteger numTaps = [[touches anyObject] tapCount];
    NSUInteger numTouches = [touches count];

    // Do something here.

This method, and each of the touch-related methods, is passed an NSSet instance called touches and an instance of UIEvent. You can determine the number of fingers currently pressed against the screen by getting a count of the objects in touches. Every object in touches is a UITouch event that represents one finger touching the screen. If this touch is part of a series of taps, you can find out the tap count by asking any of the UITouch objects. In the preceding example, a numTaps value of 2 tells you that the screen was tapped twice in quick succession, while a numTouches value of 2 tells you the user tapped the screen with two fingers at once. If both have a value of 2, then the user double-tapped with two fingers.


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