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Blockquote Citation Convention

It appears that the parser sees em-dashes and double-hyphens immediately following a block quote as part of the quote, while single-hyphens are considered a separate line.

Will that be a lasting convention? I can't seem to find any documentation on this, but would like to take advantage of the convention if so.

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  • Hm. The single dash marks the line as a list item which wins over "coalescing" the lines into 1 large blockquote.

    This behavior should stay pretty stable. But it's a weird convention to rely on, I don't know how other Markdown-related apps treat this; if you want to make a line part of a blockquote, why not prepend it with a > as well?

    My epigraphs are formatted as

    > The quote.__
    > -- Author
    

    The __ denotes two spaces to force a line break there.

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

  • @ctietze said:
    My epigraphs are formatted as

    > The quote.__
    > -- Author
    

    The __ denotes two spaces to force a line break there.

    Thanks for this. It helped with the formatting of a note:

    Put that in your Zettelkasten and process it! ZK implemented with Zettlr+Pandoc+MikTeX+Zotero+BetterBibTex. Erdös #2.

  • @ctietze said:
    if you want to make a line part of a blockquote, why not prepend it with a > as well?

    Semantically, it seems ambiguous to me, as the > seems to delineate quoted text, and not citation information. However, clearly the blockquote and the citation belong together in some way, so I wasn't sure if there was an emerging multimarkdown convention here.

  • edited September 16

    Markdown does not provide semantic for citations, but it allows embedding HTML. HTML has the <cite> element for this purpose. An example would look like this:

    > The quote <cite>year, author</cite>.
    

    The element can be placed anywhere inside the block quote.

    my first Zettel uid: 202008120915

  • @ZettelDistraction

    Haha! I love your note on unintentional haiku's. Thanks for sharing that.

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