[whatwg] Customize HTML5 forms placeholder style

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 14:21:35 PST 2010

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at opera.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:54:38 +0100, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> 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.
> Yes there is, but you have to follow the links ;-):
>  https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=21299

Ah, got it.

That doesn't seem like a horrible problem to me.  Most people don't
set color on inputs, and when they do, it's at least guaranteed that
the color is *usable* for placeholder, even if it's not ideal.  They
can just set color on the placeholder directly if they care, though.

(My windows theme is green-on-black, so I am very aware when people
*do* style their inputs.  Setting color:black without a
background-color:white is distressingly common, but overall most
inputs are unstyled in my experience.)

I don't personally feel this is important enough of an issue to
justify specificity trickery.


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