Many times throughout my day as a web developer, I find myself styling a page that has a woeful lack of copy. Rather than rollerskating over to the marketing department and demanding some text, I turn to my trusted friend Lorum Ipsum.

Many of you are likely acquainted with Lorum Ipsum already, but for those who aren’t, I turn to the wikipedia:

In publishing and graphic design, lorem ipsum is common placeholder text used to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document or visual presentation, such as font, typography, and layout.
Even though using “lorem ipsum” often arouses curiosity due to its resemblance to classical Latin, it is not intended to have meaning. Where text is visible in a document, people tend to focus on the textual content rather than upon overall presentation, so publishers use lorem ipsum when displaying a typeface or design in order to direct the focus to presentation. “Lorem ipsum” also approximates a typical distribution of letters in English.

The most common lorem ipsum text reads as follows:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

While I’ve been using Lorum Ipsum for years, I only recently began using the Lorum Ipsum generator.

lorum ipsum

This thing gives you custom Lorum Ipsum in a bunch of different formats. How rad!
I use this tool regularly, so I thought I should pass it on.

& on that note, I’m off to work.

About Star St.Germain

I am a tornado disguised as a girl.

  1. lis says:

    Oh man – I have the Lorem Ipsum Generator on my quicklinks list. I use it ALL THE TIME.

    I’ve also demanded that I do the layouts without the actual text involved, and then put it in after. I find that I work better with fake words than real words. (I tend to get sick of staring at the words after a while, which gives bad mojo when it’s the real thing.)

  2. Best Web Designs…

    High quality article my friend. It’s nice to read. Thanks for spending time to write good things for us….

  3. jessie says:

    this is beautiful, wow. youre quite inspiring darlin’.

  4. thisisstar says:

    lis — I mostly like it because it will give me different formats, since content is quite varied at my job. List capabilities are the best.

    jessie — thank you!

  5. Acciffruicy says:

    what this site if for? I don’t understand..

  6. Knirerb says:

    That’s what you said. Ha.

  7. Poervearerb says:

    You might have heard of the colossal oil leak near the Gulf of Mexico. You think it will have got a sizeable negative impact on our animal population around Mexico?

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Webdesign is hard (Or why I love Lorum Ipsum).

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March 5th, 2008


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