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Input and Textarea React components with polyfilled placeholder support.

React Input and Textarea with Placeholder Shim

PlaceholderShim provides Input and Textarea, small wrappers around React.createElement('input') and React.createElement('textarea') respectively that shims in placeholder functionality for browsers that don't natively support it. Currently only tested with IE9.


Install: npm install react-input-placeholder


Input = require('react-input-placeholder')(React).Input;
Textarea = require('react-input-placeholder')(React).Textarea;

The compiled bundle sits in the dist/ folder.

<script src='dist/react-input-placeholder.min.js'></script>
  var Input = PlaceholderShim.Input;
  var Textarea = PlaceholderShim.Textarea;

You can use Input or Textarea exactly the same way you'd use React.createElement('input') or <input /> in JSX. All attributes will be passed on, and all event callbacks will be called. However, please note that the placeholder shim only works on controlled inputs (i.e., you must provide a value or valueLink prop).

When the placeholder text is visible, the placeholder CSS class will be added to the input element so you can style it, e.g.

textarea.placeholder {
  color: gray;
  font-style: italic;

Placeholder doesn't show on IE9.

<input placeholder="Enter text here..." value={this.state.value} onChange={this.handleChange} />

Works on IE9!

<Input placeholder="Enter text here..." value={this.state.value} onChange={this.handleChange} />
npm install
grunt dist