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W3C Candidate Recommendation

Summary

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

The short hint is displayed in the input field before the user enters a value.

Examples

HTML

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" />

Notes

Remarks

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.

Syntax

Standards information


See also

Related pages (MSDN)

Attribution

This article contains content originally from external sources.

Portions of this content come from the Microsoft Developer Network: [Windows Internet Explorer API reference Article]