Three types of quotes: Normal, BlockQuote, or Cite

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

In Summary:

  • 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.
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About Michael T Reidy

I am a student in the Web Development Associates of Applied Technology degree program at Clark College, Vancouver, WA. Our instructor is Lorelle VanFossen who was a senior editor of the WordPress codex. I have been working with computers for over 25 years. My first computer job was managing electronic data processing (EDP) for the US Department of Commerce as the Assistant Manager for Electronic Data Processing (AMEDP) in the Tulsa Regional Office of the 1990 Decennial Census. The computer was a midrange DEC VAX/VMS. Soon after, PC Networks became popular and I became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE+I) and Trainer (MCT). I was recruited by IBM Sales as a Field Technical Support Specialist to launch their new PC Server brand. A few years later, I was invited to join IBM Global Services as a Team Lead Professional Server Expert (PSE) and Global IT Architect for Systems and Storage. I was both a contributing member and review board architect of IBM Global Services Reference Architecture. As Lead Architect for Integrated Storage Management Services (ISMS), I was the sole author of the IBM Global Services (GS) Method for Lean Storage Services: ISMS. When IBM Global Services offshored to India in the financial crises of 2007, I relocated to Vancouver, WA. For the past six years, I have worked independently as an Audio/Video Producer and Web Manager. In my personal life, I am the Minister of the St Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in Portland, OR and a Regional Councilor for Troubadours of Peace (ToP) Region in the Pacific Northwest states of OR, WA, AK, ID. I am responsible for Communications Technology development for ToP Region. I served the National Franciscan Order – USA (NAFRA) as a Q Committee member (AV Producer) for the NAFRA Quinquennial XVIII in Chicago, 2012. I twice received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for National Engineers Week: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. I chaired the efforts of IBM, in conjunction with Intel, to promote minority recruitment in engineering through such programs as: Hermanas: Diseña Tu Futuro (Design Your Future). I was also an elementary and secondary classroom advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). I currently volunteer as a Spiritual Care Volunteer for Legacy Hospital, Salmon Creek and as a Hospice Volunteer for the Veterans Administration in Vancouver, WA.

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