Template:Quote

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Usage

{{Quote}} adds a block quotation to an article page.

This is easier to type and more wiki-like than the equivalent HTML <blockquote>...</blockquote> tags, and has additional pre-formatted attribution and source parameters.

Note: Block quotes do not normally contain quotation marks. See MOS:Blockquote.

Synopsis

Unnamed (positional) parameters {{quote|phrase|person|source}} This markup will fail if any parameter contains an equals sign (=).

Numbered (positional) parameters {{quote|1=phrase|2=person|3=source}}

Named parameters {{quote|text=phrase|sign=person|source=source}}

Style

Styling is applied through CSS rules in MediaWiki:Common.css.

/* Styling for Template:Quote */
blockquote.templatequote {
     margin-top: 0;
}
blockquote.templatequote div.templatequotecite {
    line-height: 1em;
    /* @noflip */
    text-align: left;
    /* @noflip */
    padding-left: 2em;
    margin-top: 0;
}
blockquote.templatequote div.templatequotecite cite {
    font-size: 85%;
}

The source title is enclosed in <cite>...</cite>, thus it shows italicized.

Examples

Markup
<code>{{Quote|text=Cry "Havoc" and let slip the dogs of war.|sign=[[William Shakespeare]]|source=''[[Julius Caesar (play)|Julius Caesar]]'', act III, scene I}}</code>
Renders as

Cry "Havoc" and let slip the dogs of war.

William ShakespeareJulius Caesar, act III, scene I

Restrictions

If you do not provide quoted text, the template generates a parser error message, which will appear in red text in the rendered page.

If any parameter's actual value contains an equals sign (=), you must use named parameters or a blank-name parameter, as: {{{|text}}}. (The equals sign gets interpreted as a named parameter otherwise.)

If any parameter's actual value contains characters used for wiki markup syntax (such as pipe, brackets, single quotation marks, etc.), you may need to escape it. See Template:! and friends.

Be wary of URLs which contain restricted characters. The equals sign is especially common. Put a break (newline) after the template, or the next blank line might be ignored.

Line breaks

The <blockquote> element and any templates that use it do not honor newlines:

Markup Renders as
<blockquote>
Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4
</blockquote>

Line 1 Line 2 Line 3 Line 4

To work around this, use the <poem> tag inside <blockquote>, which will convert line breaks to br tags:

Markup Renders as
<blockquote><poem>
Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4
</poem></blockquote>

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4

TemplateData

This is the TemplateData documentation for the template used by the new VisualEditor.

Quote

Adds a block quotation.

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Status
text text1quote The text to quote string empty optional
sign sign2cite The person who quote it is string empty optional
source source3 A source for the quote string empty optional

Known problems

This template sets a text style which might ignore one blank line, and so the template must be ended with a break (newline). Otherwise, beware inline, as:

  • text here {{quote|this is quoted}} More text here spans a blank line

Unless a {{quote|xx}} is ended with a line break, then the next blank line might be ignored and two paragraphs joined.

See also

  • Template:Bq—quote without border, page-wide; like (and compatible with parameters of) the older {{Quote}} but with more features; conversion from all others listed here is trivially easy (retaining key data, losing decoration, etc.)
  • Template:Centered pull quote—pull quote between large quotation marks, page-wide; should rarely be used in articles and is not for block quotations, only pull quotes
  • Template:Quote—quote without border, page-wide, smaller-sized attribution
  • Template:Quotation—quote with border, page-wide
  • Template:Quote box—quote with border, in a reduced floating box
  • Template:Reduced pull quote—pull quote between large quotation marks, in a reduced floating area; also rarely appropriate in articles
  • Template:Talkquote—for quoting other editors (or guidelines, etc.) on talk pages (in a block)
  • Template:Tq—for quoting on talk pages, inline
  • Category:Quotation templates