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In producing this document, I've borrowed heavily from the work of the (now deceased) Bashprompt project. The work of that project is carried on indirectly by Bashish (http://bashish.sourceforge.net/), with whom I've had no contact. They seem to have stopped work in late 2006. Other sources used include the xterm Title mini-HOWTO by Ric Lister, available at http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Xterm-Title.html, Ansi Prompts by Keebler (deceased), How to make a Bash Prompt Theme by Stephen Webb (also deceased), and X ANSI Fonts by Stumpy, (also deceased).
Also of immense help were several conversations and e-mails from Dan, who used to work at Georgia College & State University with me, whose knowledge of Unix far exceeded mine. He gave me several excellent suggestions, and ideas of his have led to some interesting prompts.
Three books that have been very useful while programming prompts are Linux in a Nutshell by Jessica Heckman Perry (O'Reilly, 3rd ed., 2000), Learning the Bash Shell by Cameron Newham and Bill Rosenblatt (O'Reilly, 2nd ed., 1998) and Unix Shell Programming by Lowell Jay Arthur (Wiley, 1986. This is the first edition, the fourth came out in 1997).