Here's an older article but it still sheds light on using input field placeholder text (and the "placeholder" attribute). It basically says that there are a lot of potential usability and accessibility problems with placeholder text, and that it should never be used a replacement for a proper field label.
https://www.nngroup.com/articles/form-d ... ceholders/
I updated CSE HTML Validator with an additional message when the "placeholder" attribute is used, warning of the misuse of it and the potential problems.
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