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


prompt ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

No additional attributes.


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.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

any attribute

Any attribute in any other explicit namespace


These elements contain prompt: bridgehead, caption (db.html.caption), citation, citetitle, classsynopsisinfo, computeroutput, contrib, emphasis (db.emphasis), entry, enumitemdescription, firstterm (db.firstterm), funcsynopsisinfo, glosssee, glossseealso, glossterm (db.glossterm), link, literallayout, member, meta (db.meta.content), olink, orgdiv, para, phrase (db.phrase), primary, primaryie, programlisting, quote (db.quote), refdescriptor, refentrytitle, refname, refpurpose, remark, screen, secondary, secondaryie, see, seealso, seealsoie, seeie, seg, segtitle, simpara, subtitle, synopsis, synopsisinfo, td, term, termdef, tertiary, tertiaryie, th, title, titleabbrev, tocentry, userinput.


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.

See Also

Related elements: computeroutput, constant, envar, filename, literal, markup, option, optional, parameter, replaceable, systemitem, tag, userinput, varname.


1 |<article xmlns=''>
  |<title>Example prompt</title>
  |<para>Enter your user name when the system presents the 
5 |<prompt>login:</prompt> prompt.

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