why does this webpage not work properly

nickg5
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rwww dot any who dot com.
I try to type the first and last name in the box and the names are supposed to replace what is in the boxes, which is "first name" and "last name."

As you can see in the photo, the names I enter, are on top of the words that prompt me to enter a first and last name.
This appears to be a new problem. I haven't used the site in a few weeks, but the last time I used it, when the first name was entered, for example, JOE, the words "first name" disappeared.

IE 9.0 and Vista.
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ramromconsultant
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When I click the Find button I come to a page with an Enter Address textbox which works as desired. class clearfix seems to be the clue to the underlying java script.

Last Name and First Name on the first page are also class clearfix - except that there are associated <label> tags. Could that be the difference?
Are you entering a name, or just clicking on "find?"

When I do just that, I get what you see in the photo.q
If I enter a name, even though I can not see what I'm typing in the space, and then click on find, I get to the next page.
If I have mispelled the name, I do not know that, because I can not see what is going in the boxes, because "first name" and "last name" are covering it up.
This also happens with Firefox, so it is not an IE issue.
Top Expert 2013
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nickg5--I get exactly the performance you see and report on the www.anywho.com site.  I can type the name and address into the appropriate boxes but it is hard to see.  Find does work correctly.
I tried using Compatibility View, but it does not help.  So it seems the problem is with anywho.  
Normally I would suggest contacting the webmaster for the site, but I cannot see how.

Perhaps use http://www.whitepages.com/
ramrom:
When I click the Find button I come to a page with an Enter Address textbox which works as desired. class clearfix seems to be the clue to the underlying java script.

What do you mean by class clearfix?

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10 days later and the problem is still there.
I see no way to send an inquiry to the webmaster.
The any who dot com site is run by AT&T.

Actually my screen shot is not the first page.
On the first page the last name, first name, and city are hard to see, as they are covered up. The state you choose, is in a drop down box and appears fine.

This started maybe 3 weeks go.
If everyone is getting it, there should be some businesses, etc. who should be complaining, so it should be fixed at some point. When, no telling.
ramromconsultant

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I used the browser View Source to examine the html that was sent to my browser.
 The part I mentioned is:
        <fieldset class='clearfix'>
          <div class='left field'>
            <label for='by_name_first'>First Name</label>
            <input id='by_name_first' maxlength='30' name='fap_terms[first]' type='text' value='' />
          </div>
          <div class='right field'>
            <label for='by_name_last'>Last Name (required)</label>
            <input id='by_name_last' maxlength='30' name='fap_terms[last]' type='text' value='' />
          </div>
        </fieldset>
 Since my last post I learned that <label> is intended to be used with a toggleable control such as a radio button. Should not be used with a textbox. That (I think) is the problem.
The <fieldset> tag has a class attribute = clearfix. I presume this is intended to be used by some javascript to blank out the initial First Name text.
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nickg5--Did you find http://www.whitepages.com/ to be an acceptable substitute?
I use whitepages dot com, and other sites.

There is really no substitute because www.anywho.com 
has located names that were not found using other sites.

The County Library gave me the anywho site and they use it, because of it's accuracy and it's frequency, (or greater chances) of finding the name being searched.
I guess I need to ask my questions elsewhere, or keep the points at 100, or give grade C.
The mods closed a question without my knowledge.

Followups on this site seem poor.
Since my public library is the one who gave me the any who site, I'll go back to them and let them try to enter the name, location, and see if they get the same results I get.
Last Name and First Name on the first page are also class clearfix - except that there are associated <label> tags. Could that be the difference?

Be what difference?
I do not know what associated labels tags means.

Just forget the question, I'll close it before the mods. do.
jcimarran at least saw what I saw.<br /><br /><br />------------------------<br />no solution to the problem though.<br /><br />The specific site needed, is www.anywho.com and no other site.

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