Many designers like adding large and stylish quotation marks around blockquotes to make the quote stand out from the surrounding text. Typographically, block quotations should not be enclosed in quotation marks, at least in English. As far as I can tell from my books on typography it is acceptable in Swedish.
Since many designers enclose blockquotes in quotation marks (and will continue to do so regardless of what the typographical rules state), the technique described by Simon Collison in Swooshy Curly Quotes Without Images looks useful.
Simon’s contribution to 24 ways is a neat way of getting those quotation marks in there without having to create images.
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