Blockquotes with empty lines in between?


#1

Hello everyone,

Would it be possible to add a new element like >>> to indicate a quote block that contains empty lines?

This would make it possible to quote something like this:

First line of the quote

An empty line which should be part of the quote

Third line of the quote

Thank you for your input!


#2

You can do either

line 1


line 2

which gives you one paragraph with two linebreaks, or

line 1

line 2

which gives you two paragraphs. Either will display visually with a
blank line inside the block quote.

Robert Orzanna noreply@talk.commonmark.org writes:


#3

Thanks! What was the markdown code you were using to generate this rendered result?


#4

Sorry, I sent it from email and I didn’t know the Markdown would be rendered!

> line 1
> \
> \
> line 2

or

> line 1
>
> line 2

#5

Hey @jgm. Thanks for the code!

This is exactly my point. I wish not having to write > on each line to indicate a multi quote.

Rather just put >>> at the beginning and >>> at the end of the block to indicate where the quote starts and where it stops.

What do you think?


#6

Robert Orzanna noreply@talk.commonmark.org writes:

Hey @jgm. Thanks for the code!

This is exactly my point. I wish not having to write > on each line to indicate a multi quote.

Rather just put >>> at the beginning and >>> at the end of the block to indicate where the quote starts and where it stops.

What do you think?

I think not. Let’s not make the syntax any more complex than it needs
to be. You can already do what you want, and the way I suggested
gives a more explicit indication in the source that a blank line
is intended. Remember also that we’re trying to codify existing Markdown
conventions here, not invent something entirely new.


#7

OK, let’s leave as is. Appreciate your thoughts and input on this as an expert who knows more on the Markdown topic than I do. :slight_smile: