blockquote is a semantic HTML element. It’s how text is marked up when you quote somebody, or another source of content. You wont need to mess around with blockquotes manually if you’re quoting someone in a discussion thread conversation. In that case, use the convenient Reply features in the boards interface to make it easy.
But perhaps you want to quote a source outside of the boards… In this case, knowing how to use blockquotes is handy.
Single paragraph quote
If you’re quoting a single line of text, or one continuous paragraph, begin the first line with a greater sign mark (
>). You can add a blank space after the mark or not, it doesn’t matter. Both of these:
>A quoted sentence.
> A quoted sentence.
Will render the same, like this:
Multiple paragraph quote
If you’re quote multiple paragraphs, add the greater sign at start of each new graph, including the separating blank lines. So this:
> The start of the first paragraph.
> The start of a second paragraph.
Gives you this:
The start of the first paragraph.
The start of a second paragraph.
If you’re having problems getting the blockquote to render, ensure you have a blank line above and below the blockquote you’re creating, whether you’re quoting one or multiple paragraphs. This will also make the blockquote is easier to see/distinguish when working on it in draft mode.
Though not always necessary for every block element (e.g. headers), it’s a good habit to always add blank lines above and below block elements when using markup syntaxes like Markdown, Textile, etc. This way they’re sure to render correctly even if the lines aren’t necessary in some cases.