The Learning Curve

New tricks for an old dog.


“You should not use the HTML tag <blockquote> to indent text, unless the text is actually a quote. Although visual editing environments such as Macromedia Dreamweaver [and the WordPress editor] frequently refer to <blockquote> as “indent text.” resist the temptation to use it for this purpose; instead, set up a CSS rule to indent the appropriate blocks. <blockquote> is designed to mark up a quote, and devices such as screen readers for the visually impaired will read this text in a way that helps users understand that what they’re hearing is a piece of quoted text. If you use <blockquote> to indent regular paragraphs, it will be very confusing for users to whom the content is read as a quote.”

from Rachel Andrew, The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

I didn’t know this!


Written by Tom Fox

05/29/2007 at 7:14 am

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