[whatwg] Customize HTML5 forms placeholder style

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 13:54:38 PST 2010

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 3:48 PM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at opera.com> wrote:
> 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
> into.

I can't quite parse your comment, Anne.  What problems are you
referring to that involve default style rules?  There's nothing in the
cited bug about that.


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