This is what I said, I never mentioned quotation marks. A block quote is
an extended quotation, be that a quotation from someone who is speaking or
a quotation from another source, it's still a quotation. That's my last
word on this as we're drifting away from JAWS.
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On Fri, 14 Oct 2005, Yardbird wrote:
Actually, not to ruffle anyone's feathers at any stage of this sequence, but "block quote" doesn't just mean a long quotation. It doesn't even involve quotation marks before and after the passage.
What it is is a traditional printer's term for a portion of text that's taken from another source, not just say, someone speaking in response to an interviewer's question, or the like.
And this section is set offfrom the text above and beneath it by being indented from both sides, so that the block is narrower than the body of the article or whatever surrounds it.
Imagine a book review in which the reviewer is describing a recently published novel. He or she writes paragraph after paragraph of description and commentary, and then comes to a place where he or she says something like, take this passage from the opening of Chapter Two, for example:
And here, there will be a blank line, and then the passage from the novel under review, maybe a paragraph or three or four, ending where the reviewer wants to end the example. Indented from left and right so that it looks centered on the page, narrower than the rest of the text. Like a block.
Then comes a blank line, and then begins the next paragraph of the text of the article or book review, flush against the left margin again except perhaps for the indented first line of each paragraph.
Some readers may not care to know when they encounter a block quote. I do, though, because it tells me that the text in that block is coming fromoutside the rest of what I'm reading.
I hope that's clear and helpful.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bruce Toews" <dogriver@xxxxxxxx> To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, October 14, 2005 3:58 PM Subject: Re: Format question
Would you shoot me if I said they're to indicate the beginning and end of a block quote? A block quote is an extended quotation encompassing more than a few lines. It has nothing to do with sighted people as such.
You can turn voicing of block quote information off in the configuration manager, HTML options, text tab.
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