You can have

code blocks

that can be instead shown as inline code. Similarly, you can have

block quotes

However, you cannot have "inline quotes". Often, I find I want to add a quote inline, so as to not disrupt the flow of text. Is it possible for this to be added as a feature, or are there reasons as to why it hasn't been already (such as others not sharing the same view as myself)?

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    Aren't "inline quotes" inline quotes already? Or do you want the background colour to change?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jan 26, 2012 at 11:51
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    Could the inline quote also be enabled on comments? I often find myself including part of the post I'm commenting on/ linking to some documentation and cannot quote it (and end up coding it or italicising it).
    – Matt
    Jan 26, 2012 at 11:52
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    @ChrisF Yes, I mean with the highlighting. Jan 26, 2012 at 12:03
  • @Matt I do the same. Jan 26, 2012 at 12:03
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    Inline code needs to be very distinct and might have syntax highlighting which makes the separation necessary, I don't think inline quotes need any sort of highlighting.
    – Ben Brocka
    Jan 26, 2012 at 14:40

1 Answer 1


I always use the Emphasis feature to inline quote something as it is pretty much what it is supposed to be used for.

You can use both Strong and Emphasis for very important quotes if you want.


_Less important_

Less important

___Very important quote.___

Very important quote.

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    The problem is that italics sometimes reduce emphasis, and bold increases it too much. Sometimes, especially in fairly long comments like this one, I want to quote something fairly lengthy like "I always use the Empasis feature to inline quote something as it is pretty much what it is supposed to be used for.". That starts to get pretty messy, pretty quickly. Whereas a nice code quote separates it nicely. We clearly feel a need for a blockquote, despite the fact quote marks and emphasis do the same job for blocks, so why not inline too?
    – Jon Story
    Sep 12, 2016 at 12:42
  • One problem is with comments, especially if someone is trying to include a two-or-three sentence quote from documentation. Oct 11, 2016 at 15:11

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