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This feature has been removed from the Web. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Do not use it in old or new projects. Pages or Web apps using it may break at any time.

Note: The :-moz-placeholder pseudo-class will be deprecated in favor of the ::-moz-placeholder pseudo-element in Firefox 19.

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The :-moz-placeholder pseudo-class represents any form element displaying placeholder text. This allows web developers and theme designers to customize the appearance of placeholder text, which is a light grey color by default. This may not work well if you've changed the background color of your form fields to be a similar color, for example, so you can use this pseudo-class to change the placeholder text color.


This example styles the placeholder text by making it green.

<!doctype html>
  <title>Placeholder demo</title>
  <style type="text/css">
    input:-moz-placeholder {
      color: green;
  <input id="test" placeholder="Placeholder text!">

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Oftentimes our search boxes and other form fields get drastically shortened on mobile devices. Unfortunately in some circumstances the INPUT element's placeholder text doesn't fit within the length of the element, thus displaying an ugly "cut off." To prevent this ugly display, you can use CSS text-overflow: ellipsis! to give it a wrap around.

input[placeholder] { text-overflow: ellipsis; }
::-moz-placeholder { text-overflow: ellipsis; } /* firefox 19+ */
input:-moz-placeholder { text-overflow: ellipsis; }

It was David Walsh, the man on fire who introduced this to a lot of designers. Placeholders and Overflow.


bug 457801


Note: This was previously incorrectly documented as having been created for Gecko 1.9 (Firefox 3), for an entirely different purpose.

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