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I would suggest changing it once the user has entered a valid input. This would ensure that the user is aware that the input so far is not valid and once a valid input is entered, the visual change informs the user about the successful entry. You should hence look at live inline validation to ensure users get feedback dynamically. To quote this article from ...


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In terms of usability, placeholders in form fields are NOT very usable. But there are always some exceptions. Something is better than nothing: To me, placeholders in form fields are better than a form field without any hint. Situation and form-field dependency: Placeholders in password fields may require users to remember some structure (Memory resource), ...


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You want an answer from the user but would select a default. That is absurd. Most users get through a form as quickly as possible. Often they will skip a field with a value just to get through the form or they may have been distracted and when they come back to the form they just assume any field with a value they completed. It proves the value came ...



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