Friday August 11, 2017

Dummy text that’s not for dummies

lorem ipsum dummy text

Lorem ipsum is probably the oldest filler text in the world. It’s a dummy text that makes perfect sense – because it makes no sense at all.

Although the words are Latin, the text as a whole is just a bunch of mumbo jumbo. And it’s supposed to be exactly that, allowing viewers to focus on a design or page layout without getting distracted by the meaning of words. Here are a few non-filler words on how lorem ipsum came to exist and why this dummy text should be kept out of reach of dummies…

The origin of lorem ipsum

Richard McClintock, a professor of Latin at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, believes lorem ipsum is be based on De finibus bonorum et malorum, a passage of a thesis on ethics written by Cicero in 45 BC. When print was introduced to the world in the 16th century, lorem ipsum soon became the standard dummy text. Before the rise of the internet, graphic designers would cut lorem ipsum text out of ready-made sheets and stick them to the page by hand.

Using lorem ipsum is not for dummies

Web designers and graphic designers often turn to lorem ipsum to present their designs to clients when there is no meaningful content yet. However, one Google search for lorem ipsum dolor sit amet makes it immediately clear why that’s not always a great idea. Needless to say, sometimes the actual content never gets filled in. Oops! (We would never do that) Also, relying on lorem ipsum is never without consequences for designs when the final content is added.


lorem ipsum dummy textSamuel L. ipsum

As Shakespeare would have argued: what’s in a dummy text? A dummy text using any other bunch of words would make just as little sense, which is why the Internet is full of funny lorem ipsum generators  take a look at these amusing options... Samuel L. ipsum, cat ipsum, pirate ipsum! (Warning: the Samuel L. ipsum generator may offend some – but will certainly prove too hilarious for others). 


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Cat ipsum dolor sit amet, step on your keyboard while you're gaming and then turn in a circle, or eat half my food and ask for more if it smells like fish eat as much as you wish. Sit and starecereal boxes make for five star accommodation then cats take over the world i could pee on this if i had the energy yet you call this cat food. 

About Piet De Pauw

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Graphic Arts, Piet started his career as a software support engineer at Esko. This immediately made him realize the vital importance of automation within an organisation.

Passionate about the web, he became an online marketer at Thomas More university college, gained a lot of digital marketing experience and re-joined Esko in the Enfocus business unit.

Today he's in charge of driving interest for the Enfocus automation solutions. As you're reading this after reading an entire article, he might think he succeeded...

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