The placeholder attribute

Translations: French

For years designers have overlaid labels onto input fields in order to save screen real-estate. As front-end developers we implement this using absolute positioning and event handlers to move the label offscreen once the user has focused into the field. User focuses; label disappears.

The placeholder attribute was introduced in HTML5 and has since been misused in order to replicate the functionality described above. Let me set this out very clearly before we move on, the placeholder attribute IS NOT a replacement for a label. Continue reading

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I didn’t come across a specific solution to my problem, but someone else had a similar thing when using opacity with transitions. Continue reading

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Ever seen this when testing a website in IE8… Instead of the usual obfuscation using dots or stars, you see a square/rectangular symbol which usually shows up when the browser doesn’t have the entity available to display. The usual reason is that there is a custom font or webfont in use on the fields. Continue reading