cites for blockquotes
gruber at fedora.net
Thu Mar 18 22:13:36 EST 2004
David McCreath <mccreath at kadmium.net> wrote on 03/18/04 at 2:47p:
> Another direction to go would be to think in terms of writing flow and
> standard English writing practice. The quoting mechanism in email is useful
> for scanning down a document where the writer/spreaker changes from block to
> block, like a script, but it's not how I think about quotes in writing,
> where *I* use someone else's words, then switch back to mine. But the quoted
> person isn't actually in the monologue.
> If I'm quoting someone at length, I put the citation afterwards to keep the
> reading flow uninterrupted. In that respect something like
> > Now is the time for all good men to come
> > to the aid of their country.
The "em-dash followed by attribution" strikes me as something very
different than a blockquote `cite` attribute. I look at the above,
and it looks to me like something like this (not Markdown- or even
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
In other words, attributing the quote to someone in a way where the
attribution is clearly intended to be part of the displayed text.
I think this would be a bad idea to use for Markdown's blockquote
citation syntax, because what if you wanted to include an
attribution in the quote itself?
For example, what if I wanted to produce this:
<p>They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.</p>
I think it'd be awkward to write:
> They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
> temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
> --Benjamin Franklin
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