Normal short quotes for Legal compliance are used when the words are not your own. The HTML specification is <q>. Example: “fair use”.
A special case of the short quote is called a Pull Quote. Pull Quotes pull out from a quote a partial comment to draw attention.
Blockquote sparingly references a longer quote for interest or credibility. For quotes longer than a line, WordPress uses the HTML specification <blockquote>..
The content of a blockquote element must include block level elements such as headings, lists, paragraphs or divisions.
Cite is a quote which references another site, using the HTML spec <cite>. Don’t ever cite (site link) in another window. “Popup’s” are illegal! For More Info: WordPress Quotes
- For small quotes use </q> or pull quotes
- For large quotes use <blockquote>
- For reference to another source, <cite> should be used. In practice, usually only blockquote and q are used.
WordPress formatting: Do’s and Don’ts
- Don’t use quotes for formatting emphasis. WordPress doesn’t use indents and single space lines like a word processor formats quotes, because WordPress is a visual/text HTML editor.
- Don’t use italics for quotes. Italics don’t conform to legal requirements. Do use bold or italics for formatting text emphasis.
- Don’t use underline for formatting emphasis. Underline is an HTML spec to format URL’s.