You Should Be Using Date & Time Inputs

June 22, 2017

By doing the following, you instantly add support for date and time pickers on all (well mostly all) devices and operating systems:

See the Pen Default date/time input types (placeholder visible) by Bradley Taunt (@bradleytaunt) on CodePen.

One small caveat

The one issue you may notice with this approach is that the input placeholder attributes are no longer visible. This is sad indeed. Thankfully there is a workaround!

h3 { margin-left: 10px; }

input {
    color: transparent;
    display: block;
    margin: 10px;
    padding: 10px;

input:invalid:before {
    color: grey;
    content: attr(placeholder);
    padding-left: 10px;
    pointer-events: none;
    position: absolute;
    left: 20px;

input:valid, input:focus, input:active {
    color: black;

input:before {
    display: none;


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