I'm having a look at the "content" fields which are new to Word 2007. The tag seems to be very useful as a means of giving a bit of instruction to the user, but it disappears when I enforce protection for form fill-in. Without protection, and/or and without the tag, the user will not know that I'm looking for information at that particular spot unless I pre-fill the control with "Click here and type." Unlike the legacy controls, I don't have the option to clear the field on entry if the current text is "Click here and type", so the user is left to delete the little announcement before typing. That's a lot of work for a user who just wants to type and get the job done. Unless protection is enforced, the TAB key doesn't jump from field to field, so a mouse click is required.
I -- and the users I work with -- prefer to have protection on to allow quick nagivation from field to field. The next field might be two pages away... and is likely to be missed unless protection is on and the user can tab through the entire document. Even "click here and type" is likely to be buried and unnoticed in a full page of text.
I'm perfectly content to stick with the "legacy" controls... but the word "legacy" makes me a bit nervous. Do they have a limited life-span? I always thought that "Click here and type" was one of the most awful features of Word when I began using Word 97.
Are there options that I'm not seeing?