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The placeholder attribute specifies a short hint that describes the expected value of an input field (e.g. a sample value or a short description of the expected format).

Applies to [HTMLInputElement](/html/elements/input)
The short hint is displayed in the input field before the user enters a value.


Address: <input type="text" name="address" placeholder="Insert here your address" />
Date of birth: <input type="text" name="day" placeholder="DD" />
<input type="text" name="month" placeholder="MM" />
<input type="text" name="year" placeholder="YYYY" />



The placeholder attribute can be used on text or text area input controls, or with text-based input attributes URL or email. The following example shows the placeholder text on a URL input field.


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