cites for blockquotes

John Gruber gruber at
Fri Mar 19 10:29:01 EST 2004

Olivier Scherler <os-lists at> wrote on 03/19/04 at 10:03a:

> > For example, what if I wanted to produce this:
> > 
> >     <blockquote cite="">
> >         <p>They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
> >         temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.</p>
> >     
> >         <p>--Benjamin Franklin</p>
> >     </blockquote>
> I am wondering how such a quote should be rendered to be correct
> (regardless of Markdown’s abilities for the moment). I always thought
> the attribution should be indented or right aligned. 

I think it's a matter of taste. There's no established "correct" way
to typeset an attribution like that. Indented and right-aligned are
common, though.

> I also tend to but an unbreakable space between the em dash and the
> text. Am I wrong?

I wouldn't call it wrong, but what's the point? At least on the web,
when would it possibly make a difference?


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