screen

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.2

The <screen> element contains or refers to a textual representation of a computer screen or user interface panel (window).

Use <screen> to contain representations of text-based online panels, text consoles ("term" or "curses" windows, for example), or other text-based user interface components. The default print representation is to enclose the screen within a box, suggesting a computer display screen. In contrast to graphical screen captures normally used to represent GUI parts (see the image element description), this element specifically supports constructions for which text is the primary content.

This element is part of the DITA user interface domain, a special set of DITA elements designed to document user interface tasks, concepts and reference information.

Contains

Note: These models represent only the default document types distributed by OASIS. Actual content models will differ with each new document type.
Doctype Content model
topic (technical content), map (technical content), concept, ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup, reference, task, bookmap ( text data or boolean or cite or keyword or apiname or option or parmname or cmdname or msgnum or varname or wintitle or ph or b or i or sup or sub or tt or u or codeph or synph or filepath or msgph or systemoutput or userinput or menucascade or uicontrol or q or term or abbreviated-form or xref or state or data or data-about or foreign or unknown or draft-comment or fn or indextermref or indexterm or required-cleanup) (any number)
machineryTask ( text data or boolean or cite or keyword or wintitle or ph or b or i or sup or sub or tt or u or menucascade or uicontrol or q or term or xref or state or data or data-about or foreign or unknown or draft-comment or fn or indextermref or indexterm or required-cleanup) (any number)

Contained by

Doctype Content model
topic (technical content) desc, p, note, lq, li, itemgroup, dd, fig, figgroup, stentry, draft-comment, fn, entry, abstract, body, bodydiv, section, sectiondiv, example, linkinfo, pd
map (technical content), bookmap desc, p, note, lq, li, itemgroup, dd, fig, figgroup, stentry, draft-comment, fn, entry, pd
concept desc, p, note, lq, li, itemgroup, dd, fig, figgroup, stentry, draft-comment, fn, entry, abstract, body, bodydiv, section, sectiondiv, example, linkinfo, conbody, pd
ditabase desc, p, note, lq, li, itemgroup, dd, fig, figgroup, stentry, draft-comment, fn, entry, abstract, body, bodydiv, section, sectiondiv, example, linkinfo, conbody, prereq, context, steps-informal, stepsection, info, tutorialinfo, stepxmp, choice, choptionhd, chdeschd, choption, chdesc, stepresult, result, postreq, refsyn, proptypehd, propvaluehd, propdeschd, propdesc, glossdef, glossUsage, glossScopeNote, pd
glossary, glossentry, glossgroup desc, p, note, lq, li, itemgroup, dd, fig, figgroup, stentry, draft-comment, fn, entry, abstract, body, bodydiv, section, sectiondiv, example, linkinfo, conbody, glossdef, glossUsage, glossScopeNote, pd
reference desc, p, note, lq, li, itemgroup, dd, fig, figgroup, stentry, draft-comment, fn, entry, abstract, body, bodydiv, section, sectiondiv, example, linkinfo, refsyn, proptypehd, propvaluehd, propdeschd, propdesc, pd
task (strict), task (general) desc, p, note, lq, li, itemgroup, dd, fig, figgroup, stentry, draft-comment, fn, entry, abstract, body, bodydiv, section, sectiondiv, example, linkinfo, prereq, context, steps-informal, stepsection, info, tutorialinfo, stepxmp, choice, choptionhd, chdeschd, choption, chdesc, stepresult, result, postreq, pd
machineryTask desc, p, note, lq, li, itemgroup, dd, fig, figgroup, stentry, draft-comment, fn, entry, abstract, body, bodydiv, section, sectiondiv, example, linkinfo, prereq, context, steps-informal, stepsection, info, tutorialinfo, stepxmp, choice, choptionhd, chdeschd, choption, chdesc, stepresult, result, postreq, reqcond, reqcontp, personnel, perscat, perskill, esttime, supequi, supply, spare, safecond

Inheritance

+ topic/pre ui-d/screen

Example

This example demonstrates using the <screen> element to represent a DOS edit session, where this code:
<p>Type "edit" after the command line prompt and press Enter.  The following
editing interface will be displayed.</p>
<screen>
   File  Edit  Search  View  Options  Help
+--------------------------------- UNTITLED1 ----------------------------------+
¦                                                                              ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦  Line:1    Col:1  F1=Help                                                    ¦
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
</screen>
produces this output:

Type "edit" after the command line prompt and press Enter. The following editing interface will be displayed.

   File  Edit  Search  View  Options  Help
+--------------------------------- UNTITLED1 ----------------------------------+
¦                                                                              ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦  Line:1    Col:1  F1=Help                                                    ¦
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Attributes

Name Description Data Type Default Value Required?
spectitle The specialized title attribute allows architects of specialized types to define a fixed or default title for a specialized element. Not intended for direct use by authors. CDATA #IMPLIED No
display-atts attribute group (scale, frame, expanse) A set of related attributes, described in display-atts attribute group      
univ-atts attribute group (includes select-atts, id-atts, and localization-atts groups) A set of related attributes, described in univ-atts attribute group      
global-atts attribute group (xtrf, xtrc) A set of related attributes, described in global-atts attribute group      
class, outputclass, xml:space Common attributes described in Other common DITA attributes