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This is an interesting one. The dash is being added by SS as actual text in the HTML. ☹️

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Because SS added the dash in the actual HTML it makes using CSS alone to remove the dash fairly inefficient. You'd end up basically reentering the quote source again in the CSS.

If I were to approach this problem I'd probably use Javascript to remove the dash from quote blocks and then if wanted, use CSS to add a dash.

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Please see Block Quote Source CSS Em Dash.

Basically this changes the way SS handles adding the em dash to the source.

Edited by creedon

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12 hours ago, khs123 said:

How do I remove the dash in front of the blockquote source?

You should be able to hide it easily by setting the colour of the em dash character as transparent using some Custom CSS: 

.sqs-block-quote .source::first-letter {
 color: transparent;
}

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Thanks @creedon and @paul2009

The website is only on a basic plan, so can't use the javascript option unfortunately.

The transparent option is a good idea, but it doesn't seem to be working.  I can make the entire source transparent using:

.quote-block .source {
 color: transparent !important;
}

However, I've tried both

.sqs-block-quote .source::first-letter {
 color: transparent !important;
}

and

.quote-block .source::first-letter {
 color: transparent !important;
}

but neither of them are picking up the dash. I've also tried using "first-child" instead of "first-letter", but that also didn't work.

Any other ideas?

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20 minutes ago, khs123 said:

it doesn't seem to be working

I've tested this on another site without issue, on Safari and Chrome, without additional selectors/importance.

If you'd like help troubleshooting, we will need you to add the CSS and provide a link to the page where you've added the quote. It would also be helpful to know which browser/version you are using.

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Can I Use says that recent versions of FF supports first-letter. However it appears what FF considers a first letter is not like other browsers. FF indeed will apply first-letter to A-Z a-z 0-9. It is spotty on working with non letter/number characters. It's kind of strange which ones they decided to include as letters and which ones not. Of course as we've seen they didn't think em dash was a first-letter.

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Agreed. There's evidence that Firefox is buggy when dealing with certain types of dashes.

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