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This technique comes from print media, and I'm sure that if I'd ever taken a typography class I'd know it. I tried googling but couldn't find anything helpful.

What is it called when an article quotes itself and places that quote in large text in the middle of the page?

I found an example in this article on the history of HTML 5. See the text circled in red:


Example of article quoted in middle of itself in large text

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Those are called "pull quotes"

Used to attract attention, especially in long articles, a pull-quote is a small selection of text pulled out and quoted in a larger typeface or using some other formatting distinct from the rest of the article. A pull-quote may be framed by rules, placed within the article, span multiple columns, or be placed in an empty column near the article.

It is also sometimes known as a call-out, but not all call-outs are pull-quotes.

There's no specific element in html5 for pull-quotes, you would likely code them as an <aside> or a <blockquote>, Semantically, they would likely be an <aside>, since you should be able to remove them without the remaining content becoming incomplete.

Ideally you'd also code them so the content of the pull-quote doesn't appear as text in the content.

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In html5 would you use figure, aside or/and blockquote? –  jrosell Dec 14 '11 at 8:03
    
@jrosell: I was thinking of using a div with a custom class so I could duplicate the text using something like jQuery. I'll look into those tho. And I'll let Erics actually answer ;) –  Merlyn Morgan-Graham Dec 14 '11 at 8:09
    
How do we distinguish between when the quote is also present in the body text and when it only in the quote? Sometimes, a small part of the text is itself formatted in a distinctive way to make it appear more prominently, entirely as in the above example. –  Kris Dec 14 '11 at 12:31
    
I see your edit +1 –  jrosell Dec 14 '11 at 19:34

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