Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· quocvu

Default text in form inputs for old browsers

To support old browser without placeholder attribute, use this cool trick to set default text in input forms.

If the input box is empty it shows the default text and clears it when the cursor is focused on input. Then it puts the default text back once the cursors leaves without any character entered. This javascript does that

$(document).ready(function() {
    /* Default Text */
    $('.default-text').live('focus', removeDefaultText);
    $('.default-text').live('blur', addDefaultText);

var addDefaultText = function () {
    if ($(this).val() == '') {
    return false;

var removeDefaultText = function () {
    if ($(this).attr('title') == $(this).val()) {
    return false;

In your form input be sure to add the attributes class="default-text" and title="your default text here"