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Recipe 1.12 Creating a Pull Quote with Images

 
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Recipe 1.12 Creating a Pull Quote with Images

Problem

You want to stylize a pull quote with images on either side, such as the curly braces in Figure 1-23.

Figure 1-23. A Pull quote with images
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Solution

Use the blockquote element to mark up the pull quote content:

<blockquote>

 <p>Ma quande lingues coalesce, li grammatica del resultant 

lingue es plu simplic e regulari quam ti.</p>

</blockquote>

Then set the style for the pull quote, placing one image in the background of the blockquote element and another in the background of the p:

blockquote {

 background-image: url(bracket_left.gif);

 background-repeat: no-repeat;

 float: left;

 width: 175px;

 margin: 0 0.7em 0 0;

 padding: 10px 0 0 27px;

 font-family: Georgia, Times, "Times New Roman", serif;

 font-size: 1.2em;

 font-style: italic;

 color: black;

}

blockquote p {

 margin: 0;

 padding: 0 22px 10px 0;

 width:150px;

 text-align: justify;

 line-height: 1.3em;

 background-image: url(bracket_right.gif);

 background-repeat: no-repeat;

 background-position: bottom right;

}

Discussion

For this Solution, the bracket images for the pull quote come in a pair, with one at the upper left corner and the other at the bottom right corner. Through CSS, you can assign only one background image per block-level element.

The workaround is to give these images the proper placement; put one image in the background of the blockquote element and the other in the p element that is a child of the blockquote element:

blockquote {

 background-image: url(bracket_left.gif);

 background-repeat: no-repeat;

 float: left;

 width: 175px;

}

blockquote p {

 background-image: url(bracket_right.gif);

 background-repeat: no-repeat;

 background-position: bottom right;

}

Then adjust the padding, margin, and width of the blockquote and p elements so that you have an unobstructed view of the images:

blockquote {

 background-image: url(bracket_left.gif);

 background-repeat: no-repeat;

 float: left;

 width: 175px;

 margin: 0 0.7em 0 0;

 padding: 10px 0 0 27px;

}

blockquote p {

 margin: 0;

 padding: 0 22px 10px 0;

 width:150px;

 background-image: url(bracket_right.gif);

 background-repeat: no-repeat;

 background-position: bottom right;

}

A benefit of this Solution is that if the text is resized, as shown in Figure 1-24, the images (brackets) stretch like rubber bands.

Figure 1-24. The background images staying in the corners as the text is resized
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See Also

Recipe 3.11 for another example of the rubber-band technique.

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