# How can I make blockquotes in LaTeX, like Markdown

In Markdown, use a pair of  to block quotes,

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… – clemens 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? – clemens 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.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[most]{tcolorbox}
\definecolor{block-gray}{gray}{0.85}
\newtcolorbox{myquote}{colback=block-gray,grow to right by=-10mm,grow to left by=-10mm,
boxrule=0pt,boxsep=0pt,breakable}
\makeatletter
\def\quoteparse{\@ifnextchar{\quotex}{\singlequote}}
\def\quotex#1{\@ifnextchar{\triplequote\@gobble}{\doublequote}}
\makeatother
\def\singlequote#1{[StartQ]#1[EndQ]\quoteON}
\def\doublequote#1{[StartQQ]#1[EndQQ]\quoteON}
\long\def\triplequote#1{\begin{myquote}\parskip 1ex#1\end{myquote}\quoteON}
\def\quoteON{\catcode=\active}
\def\quoteOFF{\catcode=12}
\quoteON
\def{\quoteOFF \quoteparse}
\quoteOFF
\begin{document}
\quoteON
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\\
Even a new paragraph.  Resuming normal text.
Here should be triple backticks xxx
`