a better solution is to use the `placeholder` attribute:
but it you’re looking for compatibility with older browsers, you can simply check the value and make sure it’s different. If you’re using [Validation](http://docs.jquery.com/Plugins/Validation), you can make a custom rule as part of your validation.
1. Custom Validation Rule: Can a rule be created that would do something like this… IF the field value is “Name*” THEN do NOT validate IF the field value is “just about anything else more than two characters” THEN validate. (Can anyone offer a the jQuery for this?)
2. In Field Label: Great idea! Just use the LABEL tag and position it with CSS directly over the field so it looks like a field value. Why didn’t I think of that!
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Ya you can. Off memory I think it’s called a regex. If this plugin http://www.visibilityinherit.com/code/jquery-validation.php doesn’t have that already built in then you’ll have to write one. At the bottom it explains how. I would maybe post it over at webmasterworld as they are pretty good with regex stuff.
> …IF the field value is “Name*” THEN do NOT validate IF the field value is “just about anything else more than two characters” THEN validate. (Can anyone offer a the jQuery for this?)
I don’t know specifically, but `$.validator.addMethod` allows you to define custom validation functions. Just start with a check against the value. I’m busy at the moment but I’ll take a look when I get a chance.