prompt — A character or string indicating the start of an input field in a computer display.



A prompt is a character or character string marking the beginning of an input field. The prompt element is generally used for command-line interfaces and not graphical user interfaces (GUIs). In GUIs, guilabel is usually more appropriate.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline.

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This element occurs in 51 elements.

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This element contains 17 elements.


  1 <article xmlns=''>
  2 <title>Example prompt</title>
  4 <para>Enter your user name when the system presents the 
    <prompt>login:</prompt> prompt.
  6 </para>
  8 </article>

Enter your user name when the system presents the login: prompt.

Last revised by Norman Walsh on 6 Jun 2011 (git hash: 6ffcc7640bbc5f852a318e452c9f210f03292cb9)