Get visible part (in coordinates) of overflown (zoomed in) image on a mobile screen, in HTML

I’m making a mobile application in HTML / javascript where the user at some point can pinch-in (zoom in) at an image to show a specific part of the image. As a result of the zoom there is only a visible part of the image (as we all know), and not the image as a whole. I want to get that visible part (how much the user has zoome-in and in what part of the image), when the touch-up event fires (when the user has lifted his fingers from pinching).

I’ve thought of various ways and I want your opinion.

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    zoom is a gesture with 2 fingers so you have to listen on touchmove with event.targetTouches.length == 2
    and then read the X and Y coordinates from each finger

    the image zoom centre will be event.targetTouches[0].pageX – event.targetTouches1.pageX and event.targetTouches[0].pageY – event.targetTouches1.pageY in relationship with your scrollposition or image position (attention to + or -)

    and your scalefactor should be vectorLengthCurrent-vectorLengthStart

    see at

    image: overview


    left: -100px | startFinger[0].pageX: 50px | currentFinger[0].pageX: 55px | startFinger1.pageX: 150px | currentFinger1.pageX: 140px

    so the centre should be: startFinger1.pageX – startFinger[0].pageX – left
    (only if startFinger1.pageX is greater | Y in the same way)

    vector length:
    sqrt(x^2 + y^2);