[whatwg] Customize HTML5 forms placeholder style

Anne van Kesteren annevk at opera.com
Thu Feb 18 13:48:35 PST 2010

On Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:29:14 +0100, Mounir Lamouri  
<mounir.lamouri at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am working on placeholder implementation on Gecko and I am face of the
> placeholder style customization. Indeed, a website can style the
> input/textearea element which can make default placeholder style
> inappropriate.
> The trivial idea is to create a CSS pseudo-element to style the
> placeholder. I am going to implement that [1] as Webkit did [2].
> But the properties that will apply to the pseudo-element should be
> limited. Probably only those related to the font.
> At the moment, it looks like there is no specification about the style
> customization of the placeholder. Maybe it would be appropriate to
> specify one ?
> [1] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=457801
> [2] https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=21227

Can we really not try to push this as pseudo-class and educate the masses?  
UAs could do some trickery that their default style rule has higher  
specificity than style= or some such to work around the issue WebKit ran  

Anne van Kesteren

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