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    Smile Adding the word 'search' to a search field, that disappears when clicked...

    I have a search box on my website at www.hitherandyon.com ... I wanted to add the word "search' in faint letters into that search field and then have it disappear as soon as a user clicks their mouse into that field to begin their search. Is there a way that anyone knows of how to do this using XHTML/CSS rather than javascript? (if you only know a way to do it with .js and its a really good simple script, please let me know that too Thank you for any input!
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    Colin
    http://www.hitherandyon.com/servlet/StoreFront

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    Here is a JQuery plugin for doing that: https://github.com/mudge/jquery_example

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    Hi there hitherandyon,

    and a warm welcome to these forums.
    ...if you only know a way to do it with .js and its a really good simple script, please let me know that too...
    If it's a simple script that you require, then there is really no need to use a whole JQuery library when a paragraph will suffice.

    Try this example...
    Code:
    
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
         "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
    <head>
    
    <base href="http://www.hitherandyon.com/servlet/StoreFront"/>
    
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"/>
    <meta name="language" content="english"/> 
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type" content="text/css"/>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Script-Type" content="text/javascript"/>
    
    <title>Silver jewelry, hemp, incense, Tibetan Buddhist dharma shop</title>
    
    <style type="text/css">
    form {
        padding:0;
        margin:0;
    }
    .inputFormat {
        height:19px;
        font-size:12px;
        padding:1px; 
        color:#333;
        vertical-align:middle;
    }
    #search input{
        vertical-align:middle;
        margin:0;
        padding:0;
     }
    .btnSearch {
        vertical-align:middle;
        margin:0;
        padding:0;
        color:#0060b1;
        font-size:12px;
        cursor:pointer;
     }
    </style>
    
    <script type="text/javascript">
       var df;
    function init() {
       df=document.forms[0];
       df[0].value='search';
       df[0].style.color='#ccc';
    df[0].onfocus=function() {
       this.value='';
       this.style.color='#333';
     }
    df[0].onblur=function() {
    if(this.value=='') {
       this.value='search';
       this.style.color='#ccc';
      }
     }
    df.onsubmit=function() {
       return check();
      }
     }
    function check() {
    if((df[0].value=='search')||(df[0].value=='')) {
       alert('please enter a search item');
       return false;
      }
     }
       window.addEventListener?
       window.addEventListener('load',init,false):
       window.attachEvent('onload',init);
    </script>
    
    </head>
    <body>
    
    <form method="post" action="/servlet/Categories" name="msearch" class="navBarRight">
     <input type="text" name="keyword" size="25" class="inputFormat" value=""/>
     <input type="image" src="/images/zz-testing/searcharrowyellowp.png" alt="search Hither and Yon" value="Go" class="btnSearch"/>
    </form>
    
    </body>
    </html>
    
    Place the code - (highlighted in green) - within the head section of your document.

    coothead

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitherandyon View Post
    Is there a way that anyone knows of how to do this using XHTML/CSS rather than javascript?
    No. XHTML (same as HTML) is a markup language. CSS is a presentation style sheet language. Unlike JavaScript, they are not scripting languages, thus the only solution is JavaScript. See the others' posts above.

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    Thumbs up Thank you!

    Awesome, thanks for the input everyone, I'll test that out!
    Aloha,
    Colin
    www.hitherandyon.com

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