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Is is a common practice to do that ? Or should I put informations linked to this input next to it ?

For example: <input type="text" title="You first, not your last name !" placeholder="Name"/>


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marked as duplicate by Matt Obee, Benny Skogberg, JohnGB, Ben Brocka Mar 8 '13 at 19:48

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Why to you post a complete external link to display a single line of code? – André Mar 8 '13 at 13:28
@André So that you can see what it looks like. I think the end result is more important than the code here. – pinouchon Mar 8 '13 at 14:01

It's not a common practice, but I think it's not that bad, because in the title, which appears as a tooltip, you give additional information for the user once he enters the field using mouse pointer.

However, I think a better choice would be giving a field a label and use placeholder for descriptive text, so that it looks like:

Name: [ You first, not your last name ]

This way:

  • user won't loose the purpose of the field while being inside the field
  • it will work on touch devices the same way
  • it will not depend on using the mouse pointer
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I think that's a good advice. Placeholder shouldn't substitute a proper <label>, it's a hint, a complement. Something like this, perhaps: Also, there's been some discussion about the title tag: – Ignacio Mar 8 '13 at 13:18

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