I want to ask whether using blockquote for the purpose of highlighting some part of a post is discouraged and whether it can cause some problems for users viewing the question?
Is using blockquote problematic/discouraged/wrong?
I have commonly used blockquote to stress the most relevant part of a post. And probably many other users seem to do so, as far as I can say from reading some posts on the main, meta (and also on other sites in SE network). Also if you read answers to these posts, you can see that such usage of blockquote is mentioned (or even encouraged):
- When should I use ">" for writing?
- Is highlighting text in bold considered rude?
- This edit (odd use of quote feature for "highlighting") doesn't seem right?
Therefore I was surprised to read in a comment to (now deleted) a question on meta the following:
And you should not use a blockquote for emphasis. Checking the mobile site you will see why this is a bad idea.
So I want to ask: Is using blockquote for this purpose really a bad practice? What problems can it cause? Does it only cause problems for mobile web?
Checking mobile site in my browser, I'd say that blockquote does not look that terrible. (However, I can only test this on my computer, I do not have a mobile device where I could browse websites.)