Simple HTML5 placeholders fallback for IE9 and older

I hoped I will never hear about IE9 and its lack of support for the placeholder attribute, … I had high hopes.

I’ve boiled a simple fallback, late in the evening and in a rush, using IE conditional comments for browser detection.

<!--[if IE 8 ]>    <html class="ie8 lt-ie10"> <![endif]-->
<!--[if IE 9 ]>    <html class="ie9 lt-ie10"> <![endif]-->
<!--[if (gt IE 9)|!(IE)]><!--> <html><!--<![endif]-->
$(document).ready(function() {

	// HTML5 placeholders fallback for IE9 and older
	if ($('html').hasClass('lt-ie10')) {

		// add the placeholder text as value
		$('textarea, input:text').each(function() {
			$(this).attr('value', $(this).attr('placeholder'));

		// clear form fields on focus
		$('textarea, input:text').on('focus click', function(){
			if (this.value == this.defaultValue) {
			this.value = '';
		}).on('blur', function(){
			if (this.value == '') {
			this.value = this.defaultValue;


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