DocBook 5.1: The Definitive Guide  (Version 1.5.3 for DocBook 5.1)


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


prompt ::= [-]


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.


The following elements occur in prompt: text, abbrev, acronym, alt, anchor, annotation, biblioref, co, coref, date, emphasis (db._emphasis), firstterm (db._firstterm), footnote, footnoteref, foreignphrase (db._foreignphrase), glossterm (db._glossterm), indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), inlinemediaobject, link, olink, phrase (db._phrase), quote (db._quote), remark, replaceable, subscript, superscript, trademark, wordasword, xref.


<article xmlns=''>
<title>Example prompt</title>

<para>Enter your user name when the system presents the 
<prompt>login:</prompt> prompt.


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