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Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'Content here, content here', making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for 'lorem ipsum' will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief

Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia,


  • looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and
  • going through the cites of the word in classical literature,
  • discovered the undoubtable source.
 

Lorem Ipsum comes from:

  1. sections 1.10.32 and
  2. 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum"
  3. (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC.
 

About Lorem Ipsum

This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.

Lorem Ipsum is useful for:

  1. Making websites under construction more aesthetically pleasing  to viewers
  2. Filling up unused space on a page in production
  3. Providing a visual aid as to the look and feel of a website
 
But is it really that important?
Well, yes, it is; if a page is filled with a repeating word or phrase, or left void of text, it appears unnatural and displeasing to the eye. By adding Lorem Ipsum, you give an unfinished page a more smooth, flowing feel to it - it feels more like a real page, and doesn't throw viewers off like repeated words and phrases.
 

 


 

 Example of Lorem Ipsum

Nunc sagittis, odio sed adipiscing tincidunt, lacus turpis suscipit est, at semper neque mi sed purus. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Duis vitae tellus convallis justo scelerisque tempor. Pellentesque eros massa, pellentesque quis, lobortis vitae, mattis quis, nunc. Nunc venenatis massa eu est. Etiam magna leo, accumsan nec, placerat vel, semper eget, tortor. In fermentum vulputate lectus. Duis augue. Duis pulvinar, felis sed sagittis semper, enim justo consectetuer turpis, a rhoncus metus sem ac arcu. Pellentesque convallis rhoncus justo. Quisque augue velit, volutpat eu, sodales eu, sagittis quis, magna. Mauris nisl. Morbi sagittis libero eget dolor. Proin id felis.

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