You may be aware that I have tried in the past to alter the look of this site via CSS and found that with the Basic Plan that I have, that is not possible. One of the things I wanted to do was to somehow make blockquotes stand out better… that is distinguish the blockquote from text I had. I was hoping that changing to the Plus account might accomplish this, but being unsure, I sent a note to Typepad.

Got a response the same day (today). No, the plus account won’t allow me to do that, but the Pro account will. However, the suggestion was made that I could make each blockquote the way I want, but it would be tedious. Alas, here was an answer that worked. I use MarsEdit much of the time to write my entries. MarsEdit allows you to define you own custom tags. So, I now have a solution, of sorts, for the blockquote dilemma, and I can add a quote like this:

“Thank you, Bush. Thank you, U.S.A.,” a jubilant Iraqi-American told a camera crew in Kansas City for a segment about reaction to the fall of Baghdad. A second report told of “another success” in the Bush administration’s “drive to strengthen aviation security”; the reporter called it “one of the most remarkable campaigns in aviation history.” A third segment, broadcast in January, described the administration’s determination to open markets for American farmers.

To a viewer, each report looked like any other 90-second segment on the local news. In fact, the federal government produced all three.

From today’s NY Times.

Here’s what the opening tag code looks like:

< blockquote style="font-style: italic; padding: 5px; background-color:#CCDEF0; border-left: solid 3px black;" >

One thought on “blockquotes”

  1. The blockquote looks great. I’ll have to fool around with that type of thing. I’m so glad you are taking on the media. There’s so much out there coming from all angles that it’s good we all take on special interests and that way they get covered. Excellent post. Thanks.

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