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January 16, 2005

Lorem Ipsum

Perhaps the most comprehensive explanation of Lorem Ipsum I've seen. I hope this stays on the web, as it also has a generator, allowing such swatches of pseudo-Latin as:

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Sed tristique, quam et placerat imperdiet, lorem dolor aliquam ante, vestibulum scelerisque ipsum erat in odio. Donec luctus, nunc in accumsan rhoncus, metus mauris fringilla elit, a venenatis metus mi vitae lorem. Donec quis sem nec mi lacinia venenatis. Nulla sagittis sem in ante. Integer id enim in augue fringilla fermentum. Duis vulputate, est nec aliquam sodales, purus erat imperdiet leo, id facilisis libero mauris ac arcu. Phasellus aliquam venenatis massa. Praesent aliquet adipiscing metus. Aliquam vulputate. Nullam tincidunt nulla sit amet eros. Proin turpis felis, suscipit id, accumsan id, ultricies ac, pede."

Note that this is just one facet of the phenomenon labelled greeking. The other is to simply represent text as illegible graphics resembling small lines of printed text. In both instances, the practice is to allow layout designers to judge a text layout without being distracted by content.

Posted by dpwakefield at January 16, 2005 10:10 AM