<alert value="The system needs service right away."/>
|Attribute or Element||Description||Value|
|value attribute||Required. The text for the alert message.||A string of one or more characters. May be an expression or a literal string. If this is an expression, it must use the scripting language specified by the containing <process> element.|
|name, disabled, xpos, ypos, xend, yend attributes||See “Common Attributes and Elements.”|
The <alert> element sends an alert message to a user device.
The text of the message is always written to the Ensemble Event Log as an entry of type Alert. However, the real purpose of the <alert> element is to contact the user through some notification device such as a pager or email. The <alert> element does this by sending the text of the message to a configuration item called Ens.Alert, which has been set up with all the information necessary to contact user devices outside Ensemble.
If no Ens.Alert item has been configured as a member of the production, the <alert> simply goes to the Event Log.
For details, see “Defining Alert Processors” in Developing Ensemble Productions.