Allow UIScrollView and its subviews to both respond to a touch Allow UIScrollView and its subviews to both respond to a touch ios ios

Allow UIScrollView and its subviews to both respond to a touch


First, a disclaimer. If you set userInteractionEnabled to NO on the UIScrollView, no touch events will be passed to the subviews. So far as I'm aware, there's no way around that with one exception: intercept touch events on the superview of the UIScrollView, and specifically pass those events to the subviews of UIScrollView. To be honest, though, I don't know why you would want to do this. If you're wanting to disable specific UIScrollView functionality (like...well, scrolling) you can do that easily enough without disabling UserInteraction.

If I understand your question, you need tap events to be processed by the UIScrollView and passed to the subviews? In any case (whatever the gesture is), I think what you're looking for is the protocol method gestureRecognizer:shouldRecognizeSimultaneouslyWithGestureRecognizer: in the protocol UIGestureRecognizerDelegate. In your subviews, whatever gesture recognizers you have, set a delegate (probably whatever class is setting the UIGestureReconginzer in the first place) on the gesture recognizer. Override the above method and return YES. Now, this gesture will be recognized along with any other recognizers that might have 'stolen' the gesture (in your case, a tap). Using this method you can even fine tune your code to only send certain kinds of gestures to the subviews or send the gesture only in certain situations. It gives you a lot of control. Just be sure to read about the method, especially this part:

This method is called when recognition of a gesture by either gestureRecognizer or otherGestureRecognizer would block the other gesture recognizer from recognizing its gesture. Note that returning YES is guaranteed to allow simultaneous recognition; returning NO, on the other hand, is not guaranteed to prevent simultaneous recognition because the other gesture recognizer's delegate may return YES.

Of course, there's a caveat: This only applies to gesture recognizers. So you may still have problems if you're trying to use touchesBegan:, touchesEnded, etc to process the touches. You can, of course, use hitTest: to send raw touch events on to the subviews, but why? Why process the events using those methods in UIView, when you can attach a UIGestureRecognizer to a view and get all of that functionality for free? If you need touches processed in a way that no standard UIGestureRecognizer can provide, subclass UIGestureRecognizer and process the touches there. That way you get all the the functionality of a UIGestureRecognizer along with your own custom touch processing. I really think Apple intended for UIGestureRecognizer to replace most (if not all) of the custom touch processing code that developers use on UIView. It allows for code-reuse and it's a lot easier to deal with when mitigating what code processes what touch event.


I don't know if this can help you, but I had a similar problem, where I wanted the scrollview to handle double-tap, but forward single tap to subviews. Here is the code used in a CustomScrollView

- (void)touchesEnded:(NSSet *)touches withEvent:(UIEvent *)event {    UITouch* touch = [touches anyObject];    // Coordinates    CGPoint point = [touch locationInView:[self.subviews objectAtIndex:0]];    // One tap, forward    if(touch.tapCount == 1){        // for each subview        for(UIView* overlayView in self.subviews){            // Forward to my subclasss only            if([overlayView isKindOfClass:[OverlayView class]]){                // translate coordinate                CGPoint newPoint = [touch locationInView:overlayView];                //NSLog(@"%@",NSStringFromCGPoint(newPoint));                BOOL isInside = [overlayView pointInside:newPoint withEvent:event];                //if subview is hit                if(isInside){                    Forwarding                    [overlayView touchesEnded:touches withEvent:event];                    break;                }            }        }    }    // double tap : handle zoom    else if(touch.tapCount == 2){        if(self.zoomScale == self.maximumZoomScale){            [self setZoomScale:[self minimumZoomScale] animated:YES];        } else {            CGRect zoomRect = [self zoomRectForScrollView:self withScale:self.maximumZoomScale withCenter:point];                        [self zoomToRect:zoomRect animated:YES];        }        [self setNeedsDisplay];    }}

Of course, the effective code should be changed, but at this point you should have all the informations you need to decide if you have to forward the event. You might need to implement this in another method as touchesMoved:withEvent:.

Hope this can help.


I was having this same problem, but with a scrollview that was inside UIPageViewController, so it had to be handled slightly differently.

By changing the cancelsTouchesInView property to false for each recognizer on the UIScrollView I was able to receives touches to buttons inside the UIPageViewController.

I did so by adding this code into viewDidLoad:

guard let recognizers = self.pageViewController.view.subviews[0].gestureRecognizers else {     print("No gesture recognizers on scrollview.")     return}for recognizer in recognizers {    recognizer.cancelsTouchesInView = false}


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