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Re: [whatwg] Hide placeholder on input controls on focus

From: Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:44:35 -0500
Message-ID: <CABirCh8502q_=Q6qk8tAXWAsXekQQNT76_qTgX2KkeDnzvzxJw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Markus Ernst <derernst@gmx.ch>
Cc: whatwg@lists.whatwg.org, Tim Streater <tim@clothears.org.uk>, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM, Markus Ernst <derernst@gmx.ch> wrote:

> A reason for the behaviour of Firefox and Chrome may be that some user may
> not have read the placeholder text before focusing the control. Anyway, if
> this behavior lets some users think they can't even fill in the form, there
> must be something wrong about it.

I've seen browsers (or maybe pages emulating placeholder in script) that
hide the placeholder text while the input field is focused.  When the
placeholders are labels for the inputs, it's incredibly annoying to have to
focus something else in order to see the placeholder text.  If placeholders
are meant to be useful and not just eyecandy, they need to remain visible
until the user enters something.

Glenn Maynard
Received on Monday, 18 March 2013 23:45:00 UTC

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