[webkit-dev] Are Qt and GTK+ intentionally returning false in shouldShowPlaceholderWhenFocused?

Allan Sandfeld Jensen kde at carewolf.com
Tue Aug 20 05:43:45 PDT 2013

On Tuesday 20 August 2013, Ryosuke Niwa wrote:
> Hi,
> Once my patch for https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=120049 is landed,
> Mac port will no longer return false in shouldShowPlaceholderWhenFocused.
> Mac, Windows, and EFL all return true in this function.
> Are Qt and GTK+ (and other) ports intentionally returning false
> in shouldShowPlaceholderWhenFocused?  Or is this just an oversight due to
> the fact the default implementation returned false?
I think in our case the method is simply not implemented. Honestly even after 
investigating it I am still not sure exactly what it does. What is a 
placeholder in the context of a text-edit, and why should it be visible when 
focused,; is it not visible when not focused, or only visible when not 

Sometimes I think a little more method documentation in WebCore would be a 
good idea.


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