Blockquotes

The “blockquote” format is used specifically for highlighting a quote. Generally this is used for impactful, well-phrased, vivid, or dramatic quotations which serve to highlight a specific message pertaining to the article. A blockquote supports the main focus outlined in the content and serves to draw a viewer's attention to that focus, especially if they are skimming the article. With this being said, having too many blockquotes will have the opposite effect and will take the focus away from the content. It is best to use these sparingly or as the length of available content dictates. Choose a meaningful quotation to highlight as a blockquote style and then let your content provide the details of the story.

Never use “blockquote” to style any other type of content.

How to add a blockquote

  1. Inside the Umbraco content editor, highlight the quotation that you would like to be styled as a blockquote.
  2. With the text highlighted, select "Formats" from the toolbar which is located above the content editor box.
  3. From the Formats drop down list of options that appears, select “blockquote”.
  4. Click Save and publish.
  5. The quote will now appear styled as a blockquote.

How to remove an existing blockquote style

  1. First locate the quote with the blockquote style. Sometimes it might be useful to look at the live website to help locate the stylized quote within the page’s content.
  2. Within the Umbraco content editor, highlight the quote which contains the blockquote style.
  3. Select "Formats" from the toolbar located at the top of the content editing box. A drop down list of options will appear. In these options you will notice that the blockquote option is highlighted, meaning the style is presently applied to the highlighted text.
  4. Choose the blockquote style from the list to toggle the blockquote style off.
  5. Click Save and publish.
  6. The quote should no longer look styled as a blockquote.

Accessibility information

Block quotes are important to accessibility as they allow audiences using assistive technology to understand when an item in content is a quote from someone, which often is a break between sections of content.