What is Lorem Ipsum ?

Maybe you’ve come across a new site or a new site mock up and it is full of unintelligible text , normally starting with “Lorem Ipsum“. Here is a quick post to tell you about it:

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.

what does lorem ipsum mean ?

Lorem Ipsum is classical Latin literature from 45 BC (over 2000 years old) , and is normally used so not to distract people from the design of your page. Visit www.lipsum.com for a full history and downloadable versions of the text. So unless you read Latin fluently you are not going to be distracted ! Gratias tibi ago (this is latin for “thanks”)

12 thoughts on “What is Lorem Ipsum ?

  1. I’ve always rather liked Lorem Ipsum–it just seems like such an elegant way to fill in text space. So much nicer, say, than repeating “insert text here insert text here” over and over again. I don’t know if you ever read Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books, but her son, who was born in the book world rather than the “real” world (not that hers is anything like reality) learned to speak only Lorem Ipsum, so that he was verbal, but nobody could understand him . . . that concept just tickles me!

  2. I like it too. I studied Latin for one year, but it never really got me far. I must keep an eye out for the book. (thanks for your comment too !)

  3. You’re welcome ! I’ve been getting a steady stream of questions via my contact page, so these are a great source of ideas for posts.

  4. Great blog! Have of the blogging terms I have no idea what it means. I just blog and learn as I am blogging. Thanks for explaining things.

  5. now if I only spoke latin, then I would know what it is really all about. Thanks for your comment, I will be checking by your blog more often.

  6. I was designing a website for my brother and used Lorem Ipsum while I was waiting for some content, and he asked me why his website was in a different language and whether it had been hacked 😀

  7. Ha Thomas, thanks for your comment and your story it made me laugh ! Lorem Ipsum is indeed Latin, but it’s not really spoken any more.

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