CSS - :-ms-input-placeholder

The non-standard proprietary :-ms-input-placeholder pseudo-class represents the placeholder text of a form element. This allows web developers and theme designers to customize the appearance of placeholder text. This pseudo-class is only supported by Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

Example

The following example highlights the Branch and ID code fields with a custom style. The placeholder text is displayed with the specified style until the field has focus, meaning that the field can be typed into. When the field has focus, it returns to the normal style of the input field and the placeholder text disappears.

HTML

<form id="test"> 
  <p><label>Enter Student Name: <input id="name" placeholder="Student Name"/></label></p>
  <p><label>Enter Student Branch: <input id="branch" placeholder="Student Branch" /></label></p>
  <p><label>Enter Student ID: <input type="num" pattern="[0-9]{8}" title="8 digit ID" id="sid" class="studentid" placeholder="8 digit id" /></label></p> 
  <input type="submit" /> 
</form>

CSS

input { 
   background-color:#E8E8E8; 
   color:black; } 
/* placeholder only style */ 
input.studentid:-ms-input-placeholder { 
   font-style:italic; 
   color: red; 
   background-color: yellow; 
}

Result

Description  

The non-standard proprietary :-ms-input-placeholder pseudo-class represents the placeholder text of a form element. This allows web developers and theme designers to customize the appearance of placeholder text. This pseudo-class is only supported by Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

Browser Compatibility  

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support No support No support 10 No support No support
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support No support No support (Yes) No support No support

See Also  

Specifications  

Not part of any specification but Microsoft has a description on a description on MSDN.

License

© 2016 Mozilla Contributors
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License v2.5 or later.
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-us/docs/web/css/:-ms-input-placeholder