Placeholders and Overflow

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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 placeholder styling and text-overflow: ellipsis!

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

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Discussion

  1. Giona

    Cool! I never thought about it, i just robotically styled the placeholder’s text color and similar, but that’s really a “responsive” glance

  2. Prachi

    Hello Sir

    Is there a way to handle overflow of an input text element? Currently, browsers hide the extra text. You have to scroll to read it completely. What if I wanted to handle it a little differently? For example, show an ellipses? Would you know a possible solution for this?

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