Can indentation of the Org mode quote block be configured? I would like to highlight quote blocks with indented margins, both left and right if possible:

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The example above demonstrates org-quote face properties (e.g.: :height :foreground, etc.) modified in my theme. However the left and right margins shown in the quote block are faked using spaces. Perhaps indentation is set by wrap-prefix, which is a special text property? If this is the right direction, how could I set a custom wrap-prefix for org-quote blocks only?

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It can be done quite easily during font-lock by adding a custom function to org-font-lock-hook. This works well unless you use org-indent-mode, which recalculates and overrides line-prefix and wrap-prefix after buffer changes.

(add-hook 'org-font-lock-hook #'aj/org-indent-quotes)

(defun aj/org-indent-quotes (limit)
  (let ((case-fold-search t))
    (while (search-forward-regexp "^[ \t]*#\\+begin_quote" limit t)
      (let ((beg (1+ (match-end 0))))
        ;; on purpose, we look further than LIMIT
        (when (search-forward-regexp "^[ \t]*#\\+end_quote" nil t)
          (let ((end (1- (match-beginning 0)))
                (indent (propertize "    " 'face 'org-hide)))
            (add-text-properties beg end (list 'line-prefix indent
                                               'wrap-prefix indent))))))))

I don’t think there is an easy way of making it wrap earlier at the end of line, i.e. right indent (there is no “wrap-suffix” property).


I think the feature you want does not exist yet. Further I think the answer of Anders Johansson is great.

This is a slightly different ansatz and only a start using the org element api:

(defun mw-org-left-margin-for-quote-blocks ()
"Insert a tab as left margin for every org quote block."
(let ((data (org-element-parse-buffer)))
    (org-element-map data 'quote-block
      (lambda (ele)
           (goto-char (org-element-property :begin ele))
           (beginning-of-line 2)
           (goto-char (org-element-property :end ele))
           (end-of-line -1)
         'line-prefix "\t")))))

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