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Old 11-09-2012, 01:28 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by cybmole View Post
well the sigil button for increase indent's default value may also play a small part

it could well be that I'm seeing it a lot in free Kindle book conversions, but I'm sure I could dig up genuine retail epub examples also - pretty sure the recent humblebundle collection contained some examples.

Maybe folks authoring for both kindle & mobi opt for something that works in both?

I expect Hitch will be along shortly & wil tell us how it should be done
Oh, lord, if that's who I've become, I'll shut up now.

In mobi, pre-K8, you couldn't do bq's at all, (not a "real" blockquote), and you couldn't do right-margin indents. As a matter of screenspace, we still tend to do a left-indent-only paragraph to indicate something set aside from the narrative. When the average screensize is only 3 net inches in width, it just seems wasteful to use up a lot of space for L-R indents. (And think of the people--not a few--who rotate the devices like Fire and NookColor and read in two-column mode!).

However, that being said, sure, aesthetically, given my druthers, I like nice symmetrical bq's, also. As humans, we're programmed to love symmetry. {shrug}. Look at all the people we think are "beautiful," and most are highly symmetric in face and body. It's just the nature of the beast. ;-)

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