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Lisa Miller680 Points
Why was a greater than sign used here? new_item = input ("> ")
This is in shopping list app. Could you leave it blank as well? Thank you!!
Jason AndersTreehouse Moderator 145,624 Points
Here it's actually not being used as a "greater than" symbol, but rather just a symbol to denote a prompt. It makes a bit more sense in context and if you are using it at the end of a sentence. Here would be two examples, first without and second with it.
Enter an item please Enter an item please > You could do it to you own aesthetic pleasings... Enter an item please ==>
So, yes it could be left off, but it is good to have something like that when building console-based programs. On a website, you style an input box so the input needed is obvious. But in the console, having a > or : or ==> just adds that bit of clarity that the program is expecting the user to now input something.
Hope that makes sense. :)