# Leading (vertical space) before and after block quotes

I'm trying to re-define the quote environment (triggered by csquote's \blockquote) to remove the entire (!) additional leading before and after the quote, to make sure the quotes stays in sync with the baseline grid (I'm also re-introducing quotation marks, to compensate for the loss of distinction caused by removing the white space, but that's no part of the problem).

I do know how to modify the quote environment, and I've managed to reduce the white space, but what I'm looking for is a way to completely remove it. This solution, for example, inspired by Herbert's reply to a similar question, still yields a distance of 13.8pt (a surplus of 1.8pt) between the text's last and the quote's first baseline, even though \raggedbottom is on. Any hints are appreciated!

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{csquotes,lipsum,lmodern}

\makeatletter
\renewenvironment{quote}
{\list{}{\listparindent=0em
\itemindent=\listparindent
\leftmargin=\parindent
\rightmargin=\parindent
\topsep=0em
\parsep\z@\@plus\p@}%
\item\relax}
{\endlist}
\makeatother

\renewcommand{\mkblockquote}[4]{\enquote{#1}#2#3#4}
\raggedbottom

\begin{document}
\lipsum[2-3]
\blockquote{\lipsum*[2]}
\lipsum[3-4]
\blockquote{\lipsum*[3]}
\lipsum[4-5]
\blockquote{\lipsum*[4]}
\lipsum
\blockquote{\lipsum*[5]}
\end{document}


\raggedbottom is the default for article. Your various \lipsum commands (the non-starred versions) do end paragraphs, though, and a list environment starting a new paragraph will also add \partopsep before and after it. Therefore, add the following to your redefinition of the quote environment:

\partopsep=0em


As an alternative, you could use my quoting package:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{csquotes}

\usepackage[vskip=0pt,begintext=\textooquote,endtext=\textcoquote]{quoting}

\SetBlockEnvironment{quoting}

\newcommand*{\sometext}{%
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Ut purus elit,
vestibulum ut, placerat ac, adipiscing vitae, felis. Curabitur
dictum gravida mauris. Nam arcu libero, nonummy eget, consectetuer
id, vulputate a, magna. Donec vehicula augue eu neque.}

\begin{document}

\sometext
% <-- No indentation at the start of quoting
\blockquote{\sometext}
% <-- No indentation after quoting
\sometext

\end{document}


• thanks a lot, \partopsep does the trick. The quoting package does look useful, but I don't think I'm going to need it in the near future, as I'm pretty happy with csquotes, which takes care of most of my quoting-related needs :) Apr 26, 2012 at 16:00
• I was trying to do the same in a footnote environment, to no avail. Any good suggestions ?
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May 16, 2012 at 9:47
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