Default Entry Remains in Edit Box

Archived Issue

Current Iteration of Issue

Short Description

The default text in an edit box remains when user types in new information

Long Description

  • If the default information in an edit box is selected when the user enters the edit box, the new entry will replace the old information.
  • If the default entry remains in the edit box, the combination of the new and default entry will probably make the new entry incorrect.
  • A blind user will not notice that the old information remained in the edit box until they review the entry.
  • Having the default entry automatically go away saves the user a couple of steps as they try to make a correct entry.

Example of Issue

No example currently available


  • Take any steps to help the user make a correct entry into a forms field.
  • The most basic way to help people make a correct entry is probably to have the default text selected so new text will replace the old.



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader
Screen Magnifier

Impacted Type of Device


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