Thursday, March 03, 2005

The Things You Think Are Useless - Lorem Ipsum Generators

If you are creating a prototype of a manual, web site or a presentation, you want the bean counters to concentrate on your design elements and not the text.

Hence, Lorem Ipsum. For hundreds of years printers, graphic designers and other creatives have snagged the text as a placeholder for constructing new documentation.

Some folks say it is nonsense text and some say otherwise.

I'm going with otherwise. Cecil Adams, of the beloved Chicago Reader Straight Dope column, sets the record straight with the true skivvy on this adulterated passage from Cicero -

Cecil isn't the only one who thinks Cicero lost out on a bunch of royalty checks. Over at you can check out a section from the actual translation of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" –

You can find dozens of Lorem Ipsum generators on the Internet but how many can give you it in German or Esperanto? Lorem-Ipsum allows you to select the number of paragraphs, punctuation, or language – http:/

You don't have to use Lorem Ipsum – how about the theme from Top Cat? Or The Dukes of Hazard? Malevole has a text generator that will let you put the Hong Kong Phooey in that new sales brochure that you promised to create a prototype by Monday –

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