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shim for browsers that don't support the html5 placeholder attribute
setup_placeholders = (function() {
$.support.placeholder = false;
test = document.createElement('input');
if('placeholder' in test) {
$.support.placeholder = true;
return function() {}
} else {
return function(){
$(function() {
var active = document.activeElement;
$('form').delegate(':text', 'focus', function () {
var _placeholder = $(this).attr('placeholder'),
_val = $(this).val();
if (_placeholder != '' && _val == _placeholder) {
$(this).val('').removeClass('hasPlaceholder');
}
}).delegate(':text', 'blur', function () {
var _placeholder = $(this).attr('placeholder'),
_val = $(this).val();
// No need to test for values specific to a particular jQuery version
// undefined and an empty string both are falsy
if (!_placeholder && ( _val == '' || _val == _placeholder)) {
$(this).val(_placeholder).addClass('hasPlaceholder');
}
}).submit(function () {
$(this).find('.hasPlaceholder').each(function() { $(this).val(''); });
});
$(':text').blur();
$(active).focus();
});
}
}
})();

.attr('blah') returns undefined in newer versions of jQuery - you can work around this using:

var _placeholder = $(this).attr('placeholder') || ''

https://gist.github.com/3084976

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aaronmccall commented Jul 12, 2012

Updated to be friendly to more versions of jQuery. May update for prop method detection too.

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