[whatwg] Question about "Type here your search word(s)" input box

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Jul 1 04:44:15 PDT 2004

On Thu, 1 Jul 2004, martijn wrote:
> There are lots of sites (and even Opera has it with the Google search
> box) that use an input box, which have some predefined value in it and
> when you focus it, that value disappears.  A lot of times you see it
> used in a search input box. Something like "Type here your search
> word(s)".
> Is this something that should be handled by the web forms spec, or
> should it stay in the realm of javascript?

We will probably introduce a placeholder="" attribute to do this in Web
Forms 3.0.

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