In Markdown, use a pair of ``` to block quotes,

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How can I achieve it in LaTeX?

I use the packet csquotes and encounter two questions:

  • how to remove double quotes
  • how to add background color
  • Strange: I know ``` to start and end a code block… – cgnieder Sep 4 '15 at 16:50
  • For those not intimately familiar with markdown, can you elaborate on how one should interpret single and double backticks, as compared with the triple-backtick? – Steven B. Segletes Sep 4 '15 at 16:51
  • Actually I believe markdown itself doesn't make any blocks with backticks but only <code>/</code> pairs. The triple-tic introducing a code block is part of the GitHub-flavored markdown. The triple-tic for a blockquote may be some other flavor? – cgnieder Sep 4 '15 at 17:18
  • csquotes has its own facilities to create block quotations if a quoted string is longer than a specified length, which you can adjust. Otherwise you can use quote or quotation environment from standard LaTeX. Adding the colorbox would be an extra customization, though. – musarithmia Sep 4 '15 at 17:23
  • @spark, Did you find something easier? Even something for just one word. – Royi Jun 5 '16 at 22:33

For the color part of the problem, I used a tcolorbox approach as given in the answer to this question: Change background color for text block

For the markdown parsing one can borrow and adapt from my answer at Use Markdown-style formatting for bold and italic.

Here I interpret triple backticks as delimiters for a myquote environment, using the macro \triplequote. Not knowing from your question how to interpret single and double backticks, I merely show how they are parsed, using placeholders defined in the macros \singlequote and \doublequote.

The macros \quoteON and \quoteOFF are used to enable and disable the active parsing.

\newtcolorbox{myquote}{colback=block-gray,grow to right by=-10mm,grow to left by=-10mm,
\long\def\triplequote#1```{\begin{myquote}\parskip 1ex#1\end{myquote}\quoteON}
\def`{\quoteOFF \quoteparse}
This is a `test of single quoted` material 
and this is a ``test of double quoted material``, and this
is the test of a ```triple quoted material. We will make it long
enough to test line wrapping and we will even\\
add a manual linebreak.

Even a new paragraph.```  Resuming normal text.

Here should be triple backticks ```xxx```

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Once it is known how single-quoted and double-quoted material should behave, those macros can be adjusted to implement it.

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