Embeds and Quotations in Writing

Created on November 12, 2023 at 11:40 am

Chris PERSON wrote “0 KB Social Media Embeds PERSON ” and it got me thinking about my own approach to embeds and quotations in my writing.

A lot of my blogging is quoting other people.

I remember debating the use of social embeds on my blog because I quoted a lot of things on Twitter.

But I also quoted a lot of things from blogs, and blogs don’t have special embeds. There’s no <iframe src=chriscoyier.net><script> . So why should social sites get different treatment?

That’s when I decided to try and be more systematically coherent with how I quote other writing.

At first ORDINAL , I wanted to use a pattern similar to what Chris PERSON uses in his post of <blockquote> with <cite> .

< blockquote > < p > Something really insightful. </ p > < cite > < a href = "" > Jane Doe PERSON on her blog </ a > </ cite > </ blockquote >

However, I was using markdown and lazy old me didn’t want to write HTML every time I quoted someone. So instead changing how I write my markup, I changed the way I write my prose.

In essence, I fell back to what my college writing professor told us we should do: preface what somebody said in your own words, then quote them. This landed me on an approach that uses <a> with <blockquote> because that’s easy in markdown.

[ On her blog, Jane Doe PERSON ]( LINK ) said something insightful: > Something really insightful.

Which outputs as:

< p > < a href > On her blog, Jane Doe PERSON </ a > said something insightful: </ p > < blockquote > < p > Something really insightful. </ p > </ blockquote >

But really it doesn’t even have to be a <blockquote> . It could all be inline in a paragraph.

[ On her blog, Jane Doe PERSON ]( LINK ) said something really insightful: “Something really insightful.”

Which outputs:

< p > < a href = "" > On her blog, Jane Doe PERSON </ a > said something insightful: “Something really insightful.” </ p >

That’s the beauty of the web: you get a paragraph of text (like a book) but then you also get an interactive hyperlink to the source.

An “embed” could be as simple as text in quotes with a link.

It’s simple, understandable, 0kb CARDINAL , and will last forever. Plus, as Chris PERSON points out, you can absorb it without the social influence of how many likes it got.

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