Questions tagged [placeholder]

Something used temporarily as a substitute for something that is not (yet) known or must remain generic.

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Are Placeholders good for default values?

I read (and believe) this article that data entry tips in HTML placeholders are generally harmful and should be avoided. In-context descriptions or hints can help clarify what goes inside each ...
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Removing placeholder text on focus

Chrome, Safari, and Firefox 15+ remove the placeholder text after the users first key press in the text input field. Opera, IE, and Firefox 14 and below remove placeholder text immediately after ...
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Does the content of the HTML5 placeholder attribute affect usability?

When using the placeholder attribute in HTML5 has there been any research into how the content of the placeholder affects the usability of the form? I'm thinking specifically about using the ...
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What is the name of this practice when a page loads?

It seems that some basic elements take their position quite quickly: and then others follow to form the final page: update (Apr 2018) I've noticed that youtube is also doing this...
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Placeholder : field label or sample data?

I am designing a generic form. Every input has a label positioned right above it. My question is about using input fields placeholder : Should they be a reminder of the label (Ex : Label : Username ...
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Placeholders for missing images

If a data source doesn't contain images for certain items, what is the best way to indicate that the image used is a placeholder image? The type of placeholder image would probably alter dependant on ...
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Do email placeholders affect anything, and which kind should I use?

I'm going to have a small box on my website where visitors can input their email address to subscribe to my website newsletter. It looks like this, and will have a light text placeholder in the box ...
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Placeholder while loading

I'll appreciate your opinion: Is a visual "placeholder" for an image or ad or text-box give users a better user experience? I've noticed, for example, that while Facebook feed is loaded, there is a ...