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Tip: HTML Input Placeholder Attribute

Learn to use the input placeholder attribute in your HTML forms to show what's expected in that field.


The HTML5 <input> attribute allows you to display a hint value describing what is expected as the field value in a form.

<orm action="/action_page.php">
  <input type="text" name="fname" placeholder="First name">
<input type="text" name="lname" placeholder="Last name">
<input type="submit" value="Submit"> </form>

This attribute works on the following types of entries: text, phone, email, url, search and password.


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Octavia Andreea Anghel is a senior PHP developer currently working as a primary trainer for programming teams that participate at national and international software-development contests. She consults on developing educational projects at a national level. She is a coauthor of the book "XML Technologies--XML in Java" (Albastra, ISBN 978-973-650-210-1), for which she wrote the XML portions. In addition to PHP and XML, she's interested in software architecture, web services, UML, and high-performance unit tests.
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