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Block Quotations

Unlike an inline (or in-text) quotations, which are integrated into the text, a block quotation is a longer quotation from another source set off from surrounding text by paragraph breaks. These should be tagged using the Blockquote (DAISY) style.

Block quotations are commonly seen as quotations in epigraphs, books reviews or endorsements, and as long quotations taken from other sources within the body of the text. Block quotations may have an author associated with the quotation, which should be marked using the Author (DAISY) style or the Citation (DAISY) style, depending on what is appropriate.

Text-to-speech software will usually declare Quote and End Quote before and after reading text marked up as block quotations.

If there are multiple quotations in a row, like in a book reviews or endorsements section, it is important to select and apply the Blockquote (DAISY) style to each quote separately. In this way each quote will be translated into a separate quote rather than the whole section being marked up as a single quote.

Q & A

Q: The book I am working on a book has a number of block quotes, and some of these quotes are centred while others are more left aligned. Should we use two different styles for the quotes?

A: For any block quotations, just use the standard Quote style

Q: My book has a block quote which consists of a brief (three item) timeline. Should this be marked as a block quote? Or as Definition Terms/data?

A: Good question. We can use a blockquote as they're extracts from his letters. I don't think using a Definitions list would be appropriate in this case as it might just unnecessarily complicate navigation. The main purpose of marking text up as lists is to aid navigation of the content (make it easier to jump through items, and find your way through items).

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