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#lang pollen
(define-meta title "block quotations")
hanging-topic[(topic-from-metas metas)]{Don't go on and on}
Formatting em{block quotations} isn't hard. Reduce the xref{point size} and xref{line spacing} slightly. Indent the text block between half an inch and a full inch on the left side, and optionally the same on the right. As with xref{first-line indents}, make the side indents large enough to be noticed, but not so large that the xref{line length} is too short. Dont put quotation marks at the ends. Theyre redundant.
Block quotations are sometimes unavoidable. If a dispute involves the interpretation of an agreement, accuracy may demand extensive quoting.
But as a means of textual emphasis, block quotations sometimes become, like xref{all caps}, a form of self-defeating typography. Lawyers often dump text into a block quotation because they want to signal This source is really important, so Ive quoted a lot of it!
Instead, the actual signal a reader often gets is Heres something long and dull from another case whose meaning and relevance youll have to figure out for yourself because I cant be bothered to summarize it!
The readers next thought is usually GreatI can skip this.