[whatwg] Placeholder option for text input boxes

Andy Lyttle whatwg at phroggy.com
Fri Oct 3 10:24:57 PDT 2008

On Oct 3, 2008, at 10:15 AM, Jonas Sicking wrote:

> Russell Leggett wrote:
>> I've wrestled with this because its something that our designer  
>> has wanted to use all over the place for an application I'm  
>> working on. It turns out to be a usability nightmare if not used  
>> sparingly.
> Why was it a uasability nightmare? Would it still have been a  
> useability nightmare if there had existed a semantic 'placeholder'  
> attribute?

Or was it because they really should have been using labels, instead  
of trying to shoehorn all the labels into placeholders that disappear  
on focus so as soon as you click you can't see what you're supposed  
to be doing?

Andy Lyttle
whatwg at phroggy.com

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