Embedded quotes, quotes in color and with backgrounds

DLA Piper Debt 2015 [pg. 13] offers an example of an embedded quote, one that flows within the main body of text. Whether to handle a quote within the main text or to extract it and place it with a more visible style depends on several factors. The more jewel-like the quote, the more visible should be its setting.

By the way, reports can put embedded quotes in bold font or italics so that they stand out even when they are embedded.

DLA Piper Debt 2015 [pg. 9] sports bold, red type and extends into the left margin. The paired, extra-large quote marks above and below the words themselves might distract the reader, they certainly clutter the page, and someone could carp that they serve no useful purpose. Readers readily recognize a quotation by the font, its color, position or less blatant marks around the quote.

To give visual prominence to quotes, HoganLovells MPSurgeries 2014 [pg. 12] applies not only borders above and below the quotation but also paired, prominent quote marks (a careful observer will note that the marks in the first quotation are both on the left whereas in the second quotation they are diagonal and are the quite different in appearance). The contribution is unclear of the thin border at the top and a border at the bottom, let alone a noticeably thicker bottom border. Likewise, outsizes quote marks draw the eye away from the meat of the quote. The green color matches the use of the same color at points on the rest of the page.

HoganLovells MPSurgeries 2014 [pg. 17] highlights its quote with an irregular rectangle of forest green behind white font. The reader’s eye is drawn to the effect, but the tilt and odd shape might cause some cognitive confusion. Perhaps this is a touch too much of artistic license.

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